Touch the Top of the World

Touch the Top of the World

A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can See: My Story

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101191880
  • 352 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would leave him blind by the age of thirteen. But Erik was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling and exciting life.

In this poignant and inspiring memoir, he shares his struggle to push past the limits imposed on him by his visual impairment-and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son’s sight and the father who encouraged him to strive for that distant mountaintop. And he tells the story of his dream to climb the world’s Seven Summits, and how he is turning that dream into astonishing reality (something fewer than a hundred mountaineers have done).

From the snow-capped summit of McKinley to the towering peaks of Aconcagua and Kilimanjaro to the ultimate challenge, Mount Everest, this is a story about daring to dream in the face of impossible odds. It is about finding the courage to reach for that ultimate summit, and transforming your life into something truly miraculous.

“I admire you immensely. You are an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of folks who can see just fine.” (Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air)
Touch the Top of the World

Touch the Top of the World

Erik Weihenmayer


ESPN/Arthur Ashe Award – winner
Free Spirit Award – winner
Helen Keller Personal Achievement Award – winner

Table of Contents

Touch the Top of the WorldAcknowledgments
Introduction: McKinley’s Kahiltna Glacier

1. Quasimodo
2. A World In-Between
3. Helplessness
4. Faint Recognition
5. Blind Warriors
6. Wizard, the Chick Magnet
7. Flailing to Independence
8. Perceptions
9. Thirty Sets of Eyes
10. Blind Faith
11. Preparation
12. Zero Zero
13. “Big” Changes
14. Uhuru
15. Moving Through Darkness
16. The Nose
17. The Slag Heap
18. I Did Not Die
19. The Song of the Sirens


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