It’s Veteran’s Day, and we just got this video from Erik Weihenmayer, who recently signed on as a team member on SCARPA’s athlete roster.
You probably know the name; Erik’s most widely known as the blind climber who summited Mt. Everest a number of years back. But Erik’s (as you might expect) much more than just the blind climber who succeeded on Everest. Beyond having tackled and succeeded on climbing objectives ranging from the Nose in Yosemite to Denali to the Naked Edge in Eldo (all those being objectives that just about any climber would be challenged on), Erik’s also passionate about helping other people who face adversities in their life overcome them.
He’s just back from a venture in the Himalaya where Erik and his team tackled climbing a couple of big peaks with soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty – called Soldiers to the Summit. This was much more than an adventure, it was about helping folks overcome life-threatening injuries as well as face psychological damage incurred while on the front lines of protecting the country.
That kind of commitment shows not just that climbing and mountaineering can offer people rewards well beyond recreation, it also shows what an inspiration someone like Erik can be to others.