After Everest

no barriersAfter Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to summit Mount Everest, his expedition leader said to him: “Don’t make Everest the greatest thing you ever do.” Weihenmayer, a member of the BC Class of 1991, has gone on to lead expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers, help injured soldiers climb their way home from war, and kayak 277 miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. His journey is captured in his new book, No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon (Thomas Dunne Books/MacMillan, 2017), written with Buddy Levy. Weihenmayer shares his story and those of other trailblazers―adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists―who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own.  Weihenmayer is also the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from BC in 2003. He was recently interviewed by NBC’s “Today.”

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