Erik Weihenmayer of United States of America is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001. The major facts is that he is the only blind person who has reached the summit of Mount Everest and the tallest peak on each continent. He also climbed Mount Ararat and completed the Seven Summits in September 2002. Weihenmayer has also made noteworthy climbs up the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite in 1996, and ascended Losar, a 2700-foot vertical ice face in the Himalayas which he ascended in two days and 3 hours, in 2008
Born on September 23, 1968, Erik is joined by fewer than 100 mountaineers who have accomplished this feat. After Mt. Everest ascent, "Braille Without Borders" which is a school for the blind in Tibet, invited him to teach its students mountaineering and rock climbing. According to the autobiography of Eric, his many climbs gave the teenagers the courage to excel in a culture which affords few opportunities for the blind. Erik and six Everest team members went to Tibet in May 2004 to train the students, then in October led them on a climb to the Rombuk Glacier on the north side of Mt. Everest. Once seen as pariahs, the teenagers ultimately stood together at 21,500-feet., higher than any team of blind people in history.
A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Erik is one of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world. Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier, who has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik's feats have earned him an ESPY award, recognition by Time Magazine for one of the greatest sporting achievements of 2001, induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, an ARETE Award for the superlative athletic performance of the year, the Helen Keller Lifetime Achievement award, Nike's Casey Martin Award, and the Freedom Foundation's Free Spirit Award. He has also carried the Olympic Torch for both the Summer and Winter Games. [Source:http://www.touchthetop.com]. He is the author of Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See, his memoir; and The Adversity Advantage, Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness. He was honored with a Time Magazine cover story.
He is an idol who inspire all people to go ahead in life without looking for what they have lost in life.