Erik Weihenmayer

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April 30, 2012. Charlotte, NC.. Erik Weihenmayer, left, and Rob Raker, who will be accompanying Erik on the river, head back to the top of the whitewater course to try it again.. 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.