Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker

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Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker
Feb 25,2015
The highlight of NCHC Conference 2014 had to be the inspirational story and speech of Erik Weihenmayer. Erik capped the conference with a speech to the full audience of over 1,000 honors students and faculty members about the importance of overcoming obstables and living a "No Barriers Life." 
 
Erik Weihenmayer is, in many ways, a hero. Redefining what it means to be blind, Erik has transformed the image of blindness and opened up the minds of people around the world. He has never let his “disability” interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life.
 
On May 25, 2001, Erik became the first blind climber in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. At the age of 33, on September 5, 2002, Erik became one of less than 100 individuals to climb all of the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents – when he stood on the top of Australia ’s Mt. Kosciusko.
 
Erik continues to seek out new adventures. In September 2003, he completed Primal Quest, the toughest multi-sport race in the world – 9 days, 460 miles, and 60,000 feet of elevation gain. Last fall, Erik, along with his Everest teammates, led a group of blind Tibetan teenagers to 21,000 ft. on the north face of Mt. Everest as an educational outreach project to carve out opportunities for young people around the globe, no matter what their challenges.
 
Erik is a former middle school teacher and wrestling coach who has made his way onto the cover of Time, Outside and Climbing magazines. He has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today, the Tonight Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and recently finished as the runner up on the ABC Reality Show, Expedition Impossible.. He is the author of the best selling autobiography, Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the prestigious National Courage Award and the 2002 ESPN ESPY award.
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Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker

 Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker

Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker

Erik Weihenmayer: NCHC Keynote Speaker
The highlight of NCHC Conference 2014 had to be the inspirational story and speech of Erik Weihenmayer. Erik capped the conference with a speech to the full audience of over 1,000 honors students and faculty members about the importance of overcoming obstables and living a "No Barriers Life." 
 
Erik Weihenmayer is, in many ways, a hero. Redefining what it means to be blind, Erik has transformed the image of blindness and opened up the minds of people around the world. He has never let his “disability” interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life.
 
On May 25, 2001, Erik became the first blind climber in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. At the age of 33, on September 5, 2002, Erik became one of less than 100 individuals to climb all of the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents – when he stood on the top of Australia ’s Mt. Kosciusko.
 
Erik continues to seek out new adventures. In September 2003, he completed Primal Quest, the toughest multi-sport race in the world – 9 days, 460 miles, and 60,000 feet of elevation gain. Last fall, Erik, along with his Everest teammates, led a group of blind Tibetan teenagers to 21,000 ft. on the north face of Mt. Everest as an educational outreach project to carve out opportunities for young people around the globe, no matter what their challenges.
 
Erik is a former middle school teacher and wrestling coach who has made his way onto the cover of Time, Outside and Climbing magazines. He has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today, the Tonight Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, and recently finished as the runner up on the ABC Reality Show, Expedition Impossible.. He is the author of the best selling autobiography, Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the prestigious National Courage Award and the 2002 ESPN ESPY award.