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
Actually, even if I had 20/20 vision I'd still have no desire to climb even a small mountain, so the rather drawn-out and technical descriptions of his climbs didn't interest me as much as they probably should have. I found the more mundane parts o ...more
This poignant and optimistic tack in lieu of other family tragedy would encourage anyone and perhaps have them closing the book and more grateful of what they do have.
Mountain climbing is always mysterious to me. Especially the seven peaks with all of the history of danger and Erik wanting to do it initially is beyond courageous however, his continuing with it afte ...more
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In May 2000, he became the first blind man to summit Everest and by August 2008, the 152nd person to reach the highest peak on each co ...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!
He certainly is one of those adventurers addicted to the draw of conquering the world's highest mountains - with or without ...more
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
هیچکس سختی کوهستان را برای دیدن یک منظره تحمل نمیکند .. قله ؛ تنها جایی برکوهستان نیست . قله در قلب و ذهن ما جای دارد . قله ؛ پاره ای از یک رویاست که به حقیقت می پیوندد .. و مدرکی مسلم براین است که زندگیمان بامعناست .. قله نشانی از آن است که می توانیم با قدرت اراده و توان جسممان ؛ زندگی را به آنچه میخواهیم و آنچه دستانمان قدرت خلق آن را دارند ؛ تبدیل کنیم ..!
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