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Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See

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Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would leave him blind by the age of thirteen. But Erik was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling and exciting life.

In this poignant and inspiring memoir, he shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment-and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight and the father who encouraged him to strive for that distant mountaintop. And he tells the story of his dream to climb the world's Seven Summits, and how he is turning that dream into astonishing reality (something fewer than a hundred mountaineers have done).

From the snow-capped summit of McKinley to the towering peaks of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro to the ultimate challenge, Mount Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of impossible odds. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit, and transforming your life into something truly miraculous.

"I admire you immensely. You are an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of folks who can see just fine." (Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air)

Synopsis:

In this poignant and inspiring memoir, the author shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment--and by a seeing world. His story is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit, and transforming a life into something truly miraculous.

About the Author

Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class athlete: acrobatic skydiver, long-distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, and rock climber. He was the first blind man to summit McKinley and scale the infamous 3,300-foot rock wall of El Capitan and Everest.

Table of Contents

Touch the Top of the World Acknowledgments

Introduction: McKinley's Kahiltna Glacier

1. Quasimodo

2. A World In-Between

3. Helplessness

4. Faint Recognition

5. Blind Warriors

6. Wizard, the Chick Magnet

7. Flailing to Independence

8. Perceptions

9. Thirty Sets of Eyes

10. Blind Faith

11. Preparation

12. Zero Zero

13. "Big" Changes

14. Uhuru

15. Moving Through Darkness

16. The Nose

17. The Slag Heap

18. I Did Not Die

19. The Song of the Sirens

Epilogue

Everest

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452282940
Author:
Weihenmayer, Erik
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Mountaineers
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Blind athletes.
Subject:
Mountaineers -- United States.
Subject:
Weihenmayer, Erik.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
GTR-516
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.38x5.54x.78 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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