Erik Weihenmayer

Adventurer, Author and Humanitarian

Erik Weihenmayer is an accomplished adventurer, author and humanitarian who lost his vision at age 14 and went on to become the first blind person in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Farther Than the Eye Can See, the documentary of his Everest ascent, won first prize at 21 international film festivals and was nominated for two Emmy awards. Erik’s feats have earned him dozens of awards including an ESPY, Nike’s Casey Martin award, and the Hellen Keller Lifetime Achievement award. He was featured on the cover of TIME magazine and has carried torches for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

As a public speaker, Erik has shared the stage with luminaries including Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton and Prime Minister Tony Blair, inspiring audiences to harness the power of adversity as fuel for greatness. He has authored three books and co-founded No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization that helps people of diverse abilities break through personal barriers. Erik and his team also created No Barriers Warriors, a program to help veterans reclaim their lives by leading and serving again.