First blind man to conquer Everest
Erik Weihenmayer
Nepal (Everest)

Erik Weihenmayer (USA) was born with retinoschisis, an eye condition that left him totally blind by the age of 13. Despite this, on 25 May 2001, he reached the summit of Everest, the first blind man ever to have done so. Erik’s other notable feats include the completion of the Seven Summits – climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents of the world. Erik is also an accomplished rock climber, skier and paraglider.

On 21 May 2017, Andy Holzer (Austria), who has been blind since birth, became the second blind man to successfully summit Mount Everest and the first to do so via the North Col route.