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Against All Odds : Erik Weihenmayer, The Man Who Climb the Seven Summits of the World

Updated on March 14, 2011

Against All Odds : Erik Weihenmayer, The Man Who Climb the Seven Summit of the World

Maybe you have heard of Erik Weihenmayer already, a blind man starting at the age 13, and is the first blind man to climb the highest mountains in the world -- the so called seven summits of the world, the Mt. Everest included. Blind at a very young age it served as an inspiration for him to continuously challenge himself and came out successful in every challenge he set himself in. His belief in the philosophy of alchemy which stated that "one has the ability to do so much with little things. One must succeed in spite of adversity, he said". He likes challenging himself.

How did he overcome his challenge?, he stated that "It all started by accepting it, identifying it, understanding it, not avoiding it,". With many of us we struggle to accept things the way they are and we are stuck to the idea that we can't do anything, for him this should not be the case.

I am sharing his story because I have known other people who have disabilities and this hubs main purpose is to give hope to those who have little hopes and to those who are giving up and others who have almost the impossibility to do things. I want you to know that everything can be done specially through Christ which strengtheneth us.

Against All Odds : Erik Weihenmayer, The Man Who Climb the Seven Summit of the World --  is an article dedicated to all men and women who have lost hope, this is your chance to have a second look and you can be the best that you can be.

Against All Odds : Erik Weihenmayer, The Man Who Climb the Seven Summit of the World

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Against All Odds : Erik Weihenmayer, The Man Who Climb the Seven Summit of the World

Against all odds, Erik Weihenmayer climb the seven summits of the world, is well educated and continued to serve as an inspiration to many. If he can do it, why not those who have no disabilities.

Plus, Erik Weihenmayer is also an author and into different sports, He is an "acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber". Erik Weihenmayer was featured in the Time magazine in June 2001 and it was in 2002 when he completed his climb on the seven highest summits in the world.

Born : September 23, 1968

He was also well educated :

  • in 1991, "he graduated from Boston college and in that same year he climbed the mountain -- Pamir Mountain in Tajikistan.
  • In 1993, "he received his master’s degree in Middle School Education from Lesley College".

Erik Weihenmayer was blinded because of glaucoma which affected both of his eyes when he was just 13 years old and then he was blind on both eyes since then.

In May 2001, Erik together with his team and climb Mount Everest. and on that year he became the only blind man to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak. He was a hero in the eyes of his fellow mountaineers an the people, plus all those who have physical disabilities.

Overcoming his fears :

  • There are lots of fears for him that he started to be depressed because of his condition. That he would;'t see what other people can see, and hat he would forever be dependent on other people, then one day he realized that he can't be like that forever. Thew realization came when one time "he was walking down a dock without his cane and he accidentally stepped off beside the dock, flipped himself to the air and landed on his back". That's the time when he realized that he needs to accept his fate and overcome it, then came the philosophy of alchemy, overcoming ones disability with the ability to turn it into opportunities thus overcoming obstacles.


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    • rprcarz50 profile image


      9 years ago

      Very wonderful and inspirational story . This sure makes me think how daily I and others take so much for granted. This is a very powerfull story and testamonial.

      Thank you for writing this great Hub.


      As always also a2z50

    • samboiam profile image


      9 years ago from Texas

      What a great story. Like those who posted before me, I have never heard of this gentleman. I always love to read inspiring human interest stories.

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      9 years ago

      Awesome reading and informative and something new has been learned...

      Blessings and Hugs

    • vox vocis profile image


      9 years ago

      Thumb up! I have never heard about Erik before. Nice to have learned sth abouth his experience! It is a very encouraging story, especially cause it´s a true one.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never know about him. But this hub very inspiring. It give us motivation that a person with limited ability can do amazing things. Why we don't do that? I hope we can appreciate our life and become a person with good personality....amen. Thank you very much.

      Prasetio :)


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