Episode edited by John Tuttle
In episode 16 we hear from one of my heroes, Erik Weihenmayer. Despite losing his eyesight at 13 years old, Erik has gone on to accomplish truly remarkable things.
Erik has used hardship as 'fuel to his fire' to become the first blind person to summit all 7 summits (the highest peaks on all 7 continents). He's also; kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, skied double black diamonds, competed in adventure races, sky dived, climbed peaks in Antarctica, written books, co-founded an amazing organisation, been a school teacher, a wrestler, and the list just goes on.
We cover all this and loads more in this epsiode.
We finish by touching on some of Erik's heroes, and he's got some goodies!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!
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Erik’s website - http://www.touchthetop.com/
No Barriers - https://www.nobarriersusa.org/
Father Than the Eye Can See -
Focus on what you CAN change, let go of what you can’t. It’s difficult but keep practicing it mindfully
The faster you can accept what happens to you the happier, healthier, and longer you will live (but it’s not easy)
Hardship comes down to choosing whether you are going to let it beat you or not
Look to others who’ve already done what it is that you want to do
Do things for the joy of them first and think about records later
‘Serving others is the greatest therapy we will ever experience’ - Erik
Join a good community of people who have your interests at heart
Let go of your baby if others can help your idea grow quicker than you can
Blindsight - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cOmcTFZJaI
The beauty of climbing
The power of adventure in the everyday
Richard Louv - http://richardlouv.com/
Children and adventure
The importance of play
Erik’s childhood - going blind at aged 13
Coming to terms with being blind
The teaching of pain
John Irving - http://john-irving.com/
The Adversity Advantage - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adversity-Advantage-Everyday-Struggles-Greatness/dp/1439199493
Dr Paul Stoltz - http://adversityadvantage.com/stoltz.html
The faster you can accept what happens to you the happier, healthier, and longer liver you will be (but it’s not easy)
The choice - are you going to let adversity beat you?
Terry Fox - http://www.terryfox.org/
The power of heroes
Erik’s amazing story on Oprah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKlGXHzbyPY
Erik’s journey into rock climbing
Echolocation - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_echolocation
Erik’s most challenging climbs
Climbing the highest peak in the Antarctic
The realities of sub zero climbing
Erik’s biggest challenge climbing Everest
The importance of knowing your limits
The death zone and the reptilian brain
It’s not just about records
Do it for the enjoyment of the sport and join a good community
Shout out to Travis!
Rob Raker - http://www.robraker.com/
Kayaking - the fun and danger
Erik’s closest call
No Barriers - Erik’s organisation - https://www.nobarriersusa.org/
Mark Wellman - Paraplegic Rock Climber - https://www.nolimitstahoe.com/
7,000 pull ups in 8 days
Hugh Herr - double amputee rock climber, MIT engineer, and biophysist - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Herr
The No Barriers programmes
Turning inspiration into action
‘Serving others is the greatest therapy we will ever experience’
Huge shout out to Paul Smith!
Are heroes born or made?
Erik’s biggest challenges
Bringing home Erik's son from Nepal