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The incredible, inspiring story of world-class climber Erik Weihenmayer, from the terrible diagnosis that foretold of the loss of his eyesight, to his dream to climb mountains, and finally his quest to reach each of the Seven Summits. Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would progressively unravel his retinas. Erik learned from doctors that he was destined to lose his sight by age thirteen. Yet from early on, he was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling, exciting life. In Touch the Top of the World, Erik recalls his struggle to push past the limits placed 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; the father who encouraged him to strive for that unreachable mountaintop. Erik was the first blind man to summit McKinley. Soon he became the first blind person to scale the infamous 3000-foot rock wall of El Capitan and then Argentina's Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia. He was married to his longtime sweetheart at 13,000 feet on the Shira Plateau on his way to Kilimanjaro's summit, and recently Erik scaled Polar Circus, the 30,000-foot vertical ice wall in Alberta, Canada. Erik's story is about having the vision to dream big; the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform our lives into "something miraculous."
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ISBN-13:  978-0792728474
Author:  Erik Weihenmayer
Genre:  Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation, Biography & Autobiography, Nature
Publisher:  Chivers Audio Books
Date Published:  February 01, 2003
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Pros: writing style, descriptive content, story     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: "Behind the moon / In the dead zone   In the darkness where lovers all are blind"   Fatima Mansions     Mt. Everest is a vile insatiable killing machine. It doesn’t care what your lifestyle is, if you have a family, where you went to school, or, for that matter, if you even exist. It is a complete kingdom that is ruled by nature and …
Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
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