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The Blind Climber | Himalayan Footsteps Blog

Did you always think that peak climbing was something near impossible for most people to do? How about if someone told you a blind man was scaling the world’s highest peaks, would you believe it?

A BBC documentary about Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to scale Mount Everest, looked at the new technology that allows him to see – with his tongue.

A fascinating read makes Erik’s autobiography: “Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See” (2001). In the book he describes with honesty and humor his struggle when he went blind at the age of 13, how he learned to deal with his situation and came to be one of the most successful climbers in history. He writes about his successful scales of Mt. MacKinley, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, the granite monolith El Capitan and finally the dream of every mountaineering enthusiast: Mt. Everest!

Erik’s film “Farther Than the Eye Can See” won 18 international film festival awards. In stunning HDTV quality it accompanies Erik and his team on their successful climb of Mount Everest.

In 2008 Erik completed his quest of conquering the seven summits – the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.