Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Imagine climbing a mountain while wearing a blindfold and you'll have a sense of what Erik Weihenmayer experienced on May 25, 2001, when he became the first blind man in history to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest. Weihenmayer will tell his story, "Everest and Beyond," at the Instructional Course Dinner tomorrow night, Thursday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Landmark Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion Landmark Ballroom. The dinner honors the contributions made to AAOS by the Instructional Course faculty.
At the age of 32, Weihenmayer is on course to become one of the youngest people to climb all of the Seven Summits - the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He scaled Mt. McKinley in 1995, El Capitan in 1996, Kilimanjaro in 1997, Argentina's Aconcagua in 1999, and Polar Circus - a 3,000-foot ice waterfall in Alberta - in 2000.
A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Weihenmayer has become one of the most well known athletes in the world. Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, he has become an accomplished mountain climber, skydiver and skier. He has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Weihenmayer feats have earned him ESPN's ARETE Award for courage in sports, induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and most recently the IDEA Award from the largest association of health and physical fitness professionals and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glaucoma Foundation.
Tickets for the dinner are still available. They can be purchased at the Registration Desk for $85 each.
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