On May 25, 2001, Weihenmayer became the only blind man in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. In 2008, when he stood on top of Carstenz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Austral-Asia, Weihenmayer completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. Fewer than 100 mountaineers have accomplished this feat.
Funds raised at Dinner in the Dark go to support the No Barriers Summit, a four-day August 2013 event combining hands-on clinics, outdoor excursions, films, art, music, keynote addresses, leadership exercises and symposia for 400-600 attendees, many of whom have disabilities, bringing together scientists, inventors, academics and participants in a four-day outdoor extravaganza.
The mission of No Barriers is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. The organization fulfills this mission by providing transformative experiences that empower people to embrace a “no barriers” mindset and discover the potential that lies within themselves and the world. Their current programs include the No Barriers Summit, Soldiers to Summits and Global Explorers. Learn more at www.nobarriersusa.org.
Erik was seen as a contestant as part of the “No Barriers” team on the ABC series, Expedition Impossible. He is also the author of two books, Touch the Top of the World and most recently released in 2007, The Adversity Advantage.
Tickets cost $125; limited seats are available at Weihenmayer’s table for $250. The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Hotel Madeline. To purchase tickets go to http://nobarriersusa.org/dinner-in-the-dark/, or call 728-5010 for more information.