Episode 16 - Erik Weihenmayer (first blind person to summit all 7 summits, athlete, author, speaker, adventurer)

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!

Thanks for listening. Please get in touch with an comments. And subscribe if you'd like to hear more.

LINKS

WEBSITES:

Erik’s website - http://www.touchthetop.com/

No Barriers - https://www.nobarriersusa.org/

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erik.weihenmayer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErikWeihenmayer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erikweihenmayer/

BOOKS:

Touch the Top of the World - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Touch-Top-World-Journey-Farther-ebook/dp/B000OCXGFK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523733271&sr=8-1&keywords=erik+weihenmayer

No Barriers -https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Barriers-Blind-Journey-Canyon-ebook/dp/B01IA6NU7K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1523733271&sr=8-2&keywords=erik+weihenmayer

The Adversity Advantage - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adversity-Advantage-Everyday-Struggles-Greatness/dp/1439199493/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1523733271&sr=8-3&keywords=erik+weihenmayer

FILMS:

Father Than the Eye Can See -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujW8l9tWsEU&t=5s

Blindsight -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR0211KQIoU

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • 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

SHOW NOTES:

  • Intro

Erik Weihenmayer looking out
Erik Weihenmayer Kayak
Erik Weihenmayer summiting a mountain
 Photo credit: http://7summitsproject.com/greatest-modern-day-adventurers/

Photo credit: http://7summitsproject.com/greatest-modern-day-adventurers/

Erik Weihenmayer speaking
Erik Weihenmayer summits Everest
 Photo credit: https://www.mattnager.com/

Photo credit: https://www.mattnager.com/