Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Descending carefully, he and his team picked their way across deep crevasses and through the deadly Khumbu Icefall; when the mountain was finally behind him, Erik knew he was going to live. His expedition leader slapped him on the back and said something that would affect the course of Erik's life: "Don't make Everest the greatest thing you ever do."
No Barriers is Erik's response to that challenge. It is the moving story of his journey since descending Mount Everest - from leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon.
Along the course of Erik's journey, he meets other trailblazers - adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists - who, despite trauma, hardship, and loss, have broken through barriers of their own. These pioneers show Erik surprising ways forward that surpass logic and defy traditional thinking.
Like the rapids of the Grand Canyon, created by inexorable forces far beneath the surface, No Barriers is a dive into the heart and mind at the core of the turbulent human experience. It is an exploration of the light that burns in all of us, the obstacles that threaten to extinguish that light, and the treacherous ascent toward growth and rebirth.
This program includes a bonus interview with the author and his climbing partner as well as a foreword read by Bob Woodruff.
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Every event in this book is an Adventure!
I would say that Erik Weihenmayer is inspiring, except that Erik writes in the book that he hates it when people say he is inspiring. Erik brings a sense of adventure and wonderment to everything he does!
Erik not only lives a life of adventure, he encourages others to do the same. And everything in his life is an adventure: guiding blind Nepali teens on a mountaineering expedition and American teens on a Grand Canyon raft adventure, urging disabled veterans (physical disabilities as well as PTSD) to live a No Barriers life, realizing he cannot save his alcoholic brother, the adoption of his son, deepening his relationship with a friend battling cancer, finally his kayak trip through Grand Canyon. Yet throughout all of his adventures, he realizes it's not just about the achievements he racks up - he continues to learn about himself and how he relates to others. Erik recognizes it is the special people he meets along the way as well as the moments he shares with them that are to be savored and even revered.
No Barriers was my first Graham and Woodruff performance. The enthusiasm, excitement and wonder in the voice of Erik Weihenmayer made me feel I was really listening to Erik!
The content and the narrators combined to make this one of the best Audible books I've listened to!