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Erik Weihenmayer Makes History by Reaching the Summit of Mt. Elbrus


 

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June 18, 2002

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Erik Weihenmayer (center) and members of the Allegra-NFB 2002 Elbrus Expedition Team summit Mt. Elbrus in RussiaThe (Photo by Didrik Johnck.)
Erik Weihenmayer (center) and members of the Allegra-NFB 2002 Elbrus Expedition Team summit Mt. Elbrus in RussiaThe (Photo by Didrik Johnck.)
On June 13, Erik Weihenmayer, the blind mountaineer who made history last May when he climbed Mt. Everest, reached the summit of Mt. Elbrus, the tallest peak in Europe, standing at 18,510 feet in the Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. Allegra-NFB 2002 Elbrus Expedition marks a phenomenal sixth summit attempt for Erik, bringing him one step closer to achieving his goal of becoming the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits - the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents. After reaching the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Erik courageously skied the mountainís descent, which is one of the most glaciated peaks in the world with more than 70 glaciers spilling from its slopes. After reaching the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Erik courageously skied the mountainís glaciated descent.

In addition to mountain climbing, Erik Weihenmayer is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, motivational speaker and teacher. Erik lost his sight at the age of 13 to a degenerative eye disease. His blindness has not stopped him from climbing some of the most technically challenging peaks in the world, shattering the perceived limitations of people who are blind.

In 1995, Erik embarked on the Seven Summit quest to join an elite group of approximately 100 athletes, including 30 Americans, to climb all Seven Summits. Erikís first summit was Mt. Denali/McKinley in North America (20,320 ft.), followed by Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa (19,339 ft.), and South Americaís Mt. Aconcagua (22,840 ft.). In 2001, Erik mastered both Mt. Vinson Massif (16,067 ft.) in Antarctica and Mt. Everest (29,029 ft.) in Asia. In reaching the summit of Mt. Elbrus, Erik is one step closer to completing his eight-year journey. His final summit attempt will be this fall at Carstensz Pyramid in Papua, making him the first blind person to climb the Seven Summits.

For more information, updates and photos, visit Erik's website at TouchTheTop.com.



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