Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See; My Story
From the snowcapped summit of McKinley to the ultimate challenge of Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of a seemingly insurmountable limitation. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit and transforming your life into something truly miraculous. In this inspiring memoir, Erik Weihenmayer shares his struggle to push past the...more
Totally inspiring! Makes me wonder if I ever really do anything really difficult in my life? I feel like I need to climb a mountain or run a marathon or something.
I hope he writes more about the climbs he did after this book. I want to read about Everest!
I've seen two documentaries about Erik Weihenmayer and his mountain climbing, but it will be interesting to more of his background story.
I got really bored with the last third of the book in which he recounts, in more deta...more
Written before he climbed Everest. Tells of his early life, loss of sight (detached retinas, then gloucoma), parental support and treatment as though anything was possible, the fight by his mother to even get him into public school, his athleticism, his desire to be normal, seemingly impossible excursions to Machu Pichu, Borneo??, Kilimonjaro, with fa...more
I should add the author is highly competitive with Type-A personality sometimes pushing his abilities to the limit in extreme conditions. This seemed questionable to me at times, especially with a wife and baby at home, but that was his decision to make along with his wife. Not personally my approach to adventure,...more
Anyways it's a really inspirational book about how people can push their own limits and live truly incredible lives. I highly recommend it!
My favorite chapters were of Erik's childhood and teenage years, and I enjoyed his explanations of navigating high school while totally blind. My brother was severely physically handicapped and had a hard time at school, so these chapters really touched me.
The book definitely met my expectations....I cried (which I haven't done while reading before), I laughed out loud (many times) and was totally inspired. I'm hoping he writes another book soon on more of his accomplishments.
This book was a great read. He has a self-depricating manor, and he isn't afraid to talk about some of his faults and fears. He uses a lot of technical language, but it's pretty easy to understand (I'm not a climber, at all, so many terms were new to me).
I really enjoyed the first half of the book about his life and how he became who he is. It is very inspirational. I love how Erik doesn't let others put barriers in his life. He decides what is possible.
He has done so much that people with two good eyes will never do.
Insightful, honest, and funny, this book is a pleasant read and an amazing story as well as a look into the life of a blind man. The author relates his everyday experiences alongside his extraordinary ones, from his childhood to the writing of the book, making a unique memoir of blindness, mountains, and love.