Erik Weihenmayer

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April 30, 2012. Charlotte, NC.. Erik Weihenmayer tests the radios that will required for him to make the kayaking runs. Without working radios, it will be impossible for hime to communicate with his guides on the river.. 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.