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Erik Weihenmayer climbed not only to the top of Mount Everest, but also to six other major mountain tops. He is one of 100 mountain climbers to scale the Seven Summits — the highest mountains on each of the seven continents — and he did it in just seven years. He also climbs cliff faces, skis at high speeds, and sky dives.


His actions have been an inspiration to thousands of handicapped children and adults since he reached the peak of Mount Everest in 2001. That’s when media interest increased and Erik became more well-known.


His accomplishments are significant and are made even more inspiring by a difficulty he endures. Erik is blind, and has been since he was 13 years old.


God provided Erik with a spirit of courage. And he’s used it to lead others out of the pit of despair and depression that he and others often find themselves in. He said that when God takes something from us, he replaces it with something else.