Fidelco Client Erik Weihenmayer - No Barriers

Blind at the age of 13 from a rare disease called retinoschisis, Erik is one of the most celebrated and accomplished adventurers in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind climber in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Since then, Erik has spent the last six years learning to white water kayak. In his own words, Erik says, “white water kayaking is by far the hardest thing I have ever done.” 

On September 7, 2014, Erik launched his latest adventure, solo kayaking the Grand Canyon, 277 miles from Lee’s Ferry to Pierce Ferry. Joining him was blinded Navy veteran and accomplished kayaker Lonnie Bedwell. Together, the two made a powerful and authentic statement about living a No Barriers Life and the belief that this is possible for each of us. The expedition was hosted by No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization that empowers people with the message, “what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”  As one of the co-founders of No Barriers USA, Erik hopes this expedition encourages people to pledge to live a No Barriers Life.

Fidelco is proud to have provided Erik with his guide dog, "Uri."  Erik embodies all that we hope for when we provide our Fidelco Guide Dogs to blind men and women who are striving to live life to the fullest of their abilities.  We believe our mission of promoting increased independence to blind men and women by providing them with our Fidelco Guide Dogs brings each of them a huge step closer to living a No Barriers Life.

In recognition of their tremendous accomplishment, Erik and Lonnie have been nominated as National Geographic 2014 Adventurers of the Year. CLICK to vote!

Erik Weihenmayer Team

Erik and "Uri"

Erik & "Uri"