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Touch the top of the world [a blind man's journey to climb farther than the eye can see]
Weihenmayer, Erik.
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Auburn, CA : Audio Partners, [2002]

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5 audio discs (6 hrs., 13 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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"Includes a new afterword on Everest"--Container.
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Audiobook on CD


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GV199.92.W39 A32 2002 Adult Audiobook on CD Audiobooks
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Erik Weihenmayer is a world-class athlete: an acrobatic skydiver, long-distance biker, and marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber. He was the first blind man to climb Alaska's Mt. McKinley. Then he became the first blind person to scale the infamous 3,000-foot rock face of Yosemite's El Capitan and Argentina's Acongagua, the highest peak outside of Asia. He married his longtime sweetheart at 13,000 feet on the Shira Plateau on his way to Kilimanjaro's summit, and recently Erik climbed Polar circus, the 30,000-foot vertical ice wall in Alberta, Canada. In May 2001 he reached the top of Mt. Everest. He is on course to reach all Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, with only two left to conquer, and he plans to do so by the end of 2002. He lives in Colorado with his wife and young daughter. This is his story.

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Booklist Review

Here's an exciting, one-of-a-kind memoir that should appeal to lovers of man-against-nature adventure stories. The author has jumped from airplanes, bicycled distances that tested the limits of his endurance, run a marathon, and scaled some of the world's highest peaks. As if that weren't enough, he has been blind since he was a teenager. To reach the summit of Mount McKinley or El Capitan is achievement enough; it seems almost inconceivable that a blind man could do so. But the author is clearly a remarkable man, and he makes us believe that we, too, can do the virtually impossible, if we're determined enough. He looks back on his life, on his struggle to do what most of us could not summon the bravery to attempt, and we cannot help but admire him. He never presents himself as a hero, but his accomplishments speak for themselves. The word inspiring is used far too often in book reviews, but here is one case where it really is appropriate. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this moving and adventure-packed memoir, Weihenmayer begins with his gradual loss of sight as a very young child. By the time he became fully blind in high school, he had already developed the traits that would carry him to the summits of some of the world's highest mountains as well as onto the frequently hazardous slopes of daily life: charm, resilience, a sense of humor, a love of danger and a concern for others. His eloquent memoir exhibits all these traits. WeihenmayerÄa thrill seeker who skydives, climbs mountains and skisÄdevotes the first half of the book to his adolescence, punctuated by his loss of sight, his mother's sudden death and his diligent efforts not only to pick up girls, but first to figure out which ones were attractive. With its many tales of pranks, adventures and the talents of his guide dog, this half alone is worth the price of admission. He goes on to chronicle his young adulthood, including his teaching career and his passion for climbing, seeded during a month-long skills camp for blind adolescents and blossoming on his harrowing ascent of Mount McKinley. He describes fearsome ascents of KilimanjaroÄwith his fianc‚e, so they can be married near the crater summitÄEl Capitan and Aconcagua's Polish Glacier. Weihenmayer tells his extraordinary story with humor, honesty and vivid detail, and his fortitude and enthusiasm are deeply inspiring. With the insightful intimacy of Tom Sullivan's classic If You Could See What I Hear and the intensity of the best adventure narratives, Weihenmayer's story will appeal to a broad audience. (Feb. 14) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

An athletic youth went blind in his teens, courageously adjusted to obstacles, and took up mountain climbing. About half of Touch the Top of the World is autobiographical, and the rest recounts the agony and hardships of climbing. Weihenmayer reached the top of the highest peaks around the world, becoming the first blind man to summit Mt. McKinley. His nurturing mother calmed his early rebelliousness, but she died when he was still young and learning to cope with sightlessness. He learned to depend on other senses for his teaching career and later for those treacherous rocks, snow, and ice. He tells us frank stories about blind schools, his guide dogs, marriage on a mountain, and gross language of fellow mountain climbers, who dubbed him "Super Blind." Reader Nick Sullivan carries the narrative smoothly and distinguishes the quotations from some quirky characters. Recommended for listeners interested in climbing, blindness, and travel. Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.