Erik Weihenmayer

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April 30, 2012. Charlotte, NC..Erik Weihenmayer, right, gets ready to get in his kayak for the first set of runs of the day. He will be accompanied by Rob Raker, who will help guide him though the rapids.. Erik Weihenmayer, who has been completely blind since age 13, is training at the United States National White Water Center in an attempt to kayak through the Grand Canyon. Weihenmayer is an accomplished outdoorsman who has climbed the 7 Summits, and is the only blind person to climb Mount Everest.