Noted mountain climber to speak, Nov. 16
Posted November 11, 2005; 04:57 p.m.
Erik Weihenmayer, who overcame the loss of his sight early in life to become one of the foremost mountain climbers in the world, will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Weihenmayer became the first blind person to climb the world's highest mountain when he reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 25, 2001. He also has reached the peaks of the "Seven Summits," making him one of approximately 100 people who have climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
Born with retinoschesis, which gradually causes the retina to deteriorate, Weihenmayer had partial sight through his childhood before losing his vision completely at age 13. Now 37, he has spent the time since losing his sight compiling an extraordinary record of achievement.
He has been a successful wrestler, a wrestling coach and a teacher. He works for the American Foundation for the Blind on its national literacy campaign. He is also a marathon runner, skydiver, long-distance cyclist, rock climber, ice climber and skier.
Weihenmayer's speech is part of the Princeton Varsity Club Jake McCandless Speaker Series, named for the man who coached Princeton to the 1969 Ivy League football championship. Ed Weihenmayer, Erik's father, is a 1962 Princeton graduate. He was the captain of the 1961 Princeton football team and played freshman football for McCandless in 1958.