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Title: Book of the month: Touch the Top of the World by Erik Weihenmayer
Post by: 7summits on Mar 14 2003, 17:03
"Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
by Erik Weihenmayer"
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Erik Weihenmayer has gone where no blind man has gone before and very few men and women with 20/20 vision will be able to follow his footsteps.
This is more than a mountaineering book: it's the life story about a child who had to grow up with a visual handicap that put him more and more in the dark. First unwilling to accept this fact, but later unwilling to accept society's view of blind people.

Being a good climber he just didn't quit because of his blindness, but found new ways of reaching the top, culminating in climbing the top of the world, Mt Everest and becoming one of the few people who have climbed the "7 summits".

This is an amazing story about courage, and vision in more meanings of the word. Erik has climbed Denali, Aconcagua, El Capitan and Everest amongst others. But he also moved to a new state whilst being completely blind, trained his dog, fell in love, got married on the top of a continent, led a fellow climber through the dark woods and many other things you might not expect from a blind man.

Although a close relative of mine has a blinding eye disease as well, this book inspired myself personally to just go out and do it, whatever 'it' is for me. Great inspiration and entertainingly written.

This new edition contains a new part about the Everest climb which was not included in the older editions.

Click here to buy directly at Amazon for $11,20 (in stead of $14).


Book info:

Paperback: 342 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 8.38 x 5.54
Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (March 26, 2002)
ISBN: 0452282942

Other Editions: Hardcover | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio CD (Abridged) | Audio CD | Hardcover (Large Print) | Audio Download (Audible.com) | All Editions

Average Customer Review: ***** Based on 16 reviews.