An Epic Adventure by an Inspiring Man
Erik Weihenmayer is an incredible man – not content with his climbing achievements he decide to kayak the 277 mile length of the Grand Canyon.
With his friend Rob paddling close behind him all the way, and communicating instructions and directions to Erik via a real time radio system and another kayaker in front of him to pick the best line down the river – Erik succeeded in this huge challenge he set himself.
Erik would listen to the sounds of the water to help him be aware of the type of water he was approaching and although the idea of the class V rapid scared him he turned that fear in to energy and focus and just went for it!
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Try wearing a blindfold next time you kayak into a squall of whitewater or swing your ice axe into a frozen waterfall. Actually, don’t, it would be foolishly dangerous. But Erik Weihenmayer has no choice.
Blind from the age of 14, Weihenmayer has embraced the pursuit of adventure, with a list of achievements to make any alpinist proud. The only blind person to summit Mt. Everest and complete the Seven Summits, Weihenmayer has constantly defied all odds against him.
Climbers love an underdog because the mountain is always favored to win. But apparently climbing blind isn’t difficult enough. So in September of last year Weihenmayer decided to up the velocity by kayaking 277 miles through the Grand Canyon, tackling rapids up to Class V (on a scale of I to VI).
Weihenmayer, a founding member of the No Barriers campaign, hopes through this expedition to encourage people to sign up to a ‘No Barriers’ life; to pledge that “what’s within me is stronger than what’s in my way”. The No Barriers campaign aims, “through transformative experiences, tools and inspiration, to help people embark on a quest to contribute their absolute best to the world,” through exploration and adventure.
Check out the video from Eric’s epic journey on the next page