Blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer on 'inspiration porn'

Erik Weihenmayer is the first and only blind climber to summit Mount Everest, a milestone that landed him on the cover of TIME Magazine at the age of 32. (touchthetop.com)

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Erik Weihenmayer, is gearing up for his next adventure: in early September, he'll be kayaking the Grand Canyon's deadliest rapids. And, as with most perilous projects since losing his sight, he'll have to innovate through barriers to find a unique way forward.

Weihenmayer joins guest host Terry O'Reilly to discuss his past achievements -- like becoming first blind man to summit Mount Everest -- the logistics of his upcoming journey, and why the dream of living a "no barriers life" is not relegated to the realm of people with disabilities.

"What I try to do is to promote a message that we're all in the same boat, we all have challenges, and we all have to figure out ways of breaking through them and finding purpose in our lives," he says.

Watch Weihenmayer navigating through rough waters in the short film Sensory Overload. Weihenmayer also comments on the following TED talk on "inspiration porn" and the objectification of disabilities. Hear his take by clicking on the listen button above.
 

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