Overcoming Your Mount Everest
Guest: Eric Alexander
To what extent do you go out of your way to help others? Guest Eric Alexander talks with Ryan and Toben about ascending Mount Everest while leading his blind partner up the mountain - overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and discouragement from others.
Eric Alexander, skier, climber, and mountaineer is achieving his goals while playing an instrumental role in helping others to achieve their own. On May 25, 2001, Eric defied the odds and scaled Mt. Everest guiding his blind friend, Erik Weihenmayer, to its lofty 29,035’ summit. In 2002 the pair traveled to Russia and climbed Mt. Elbrus at 18,500 ft, and again found success on Mt. Kosciusko, Australia – two more of the seven summits (the highest points on each of the seven continents) notably the pair skied from the top of each of these latter two - making this the first-ever blind ski descents. Eric shares this inspirational story with audiences all over the country. When he is not traveling, he teaches disabled skiers in Vail, Colorado, and directs Adventures Beyond Limits, an organization that educates and encourages youth with disabilities in the outdoors.
Eric grew up in the Colorado Rockies and started climbing in his teens. Eric has successfully climbed the highest point on six of the seven continents and led expeditions throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of the globe.