Author Series – Erik Weihenmayer

Erik Weihenmayer No BarriersWEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road, Fort Collins

ERIK WEIHENMAYER, author of No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon, will speak as part of the free author evening series sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Libraries and the Poudre River Friends of the Library.

This event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

Erik Weihenmayer is an American athlete, adventurer, author, activist and motivational speaker, and the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, on May 25, 2001.

In September 2014, Erik and blinded Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. No Barriers is Weihenmayer’s second memoir, and chronicles his groundbreaking descent of the Grand Canyon. No Barriers is for those who dream big yet have become stuck along the way. It shines a light on the process of growth and change and illuminates the surprising ways people break into the current, where life happens.

Kirkus, a leading literary trade magazine, recently wrote: “Weihenmayer presents an exhilarating adventure story of arduous mountain climbing and whitewater kayaking, but he also offers broader life lessons. A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.”

Erik’s adventures have earned him dozens of awards, recognitions, and TV interviews. He’s received the ESPY, Nike’s Casey Martin award, and the Helen Keller Lifetime Achievement award. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show and Nightly News, Oprah, Good Morning America, Nightline, and the Tonight Show. He was featured on the cover of Time, Outside, and Climbing magazines. Erik has also carried torches for both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

In 2005, he co-founded No Barriers, a nonprofit organization with the tagline, “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” The organization helps people of diverse backgrounds and abilities develop a No Barriers Mindset – to attack challenges head on, problem solve, build winning teams, and serve others.

Weihenmayer is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the world, having addressed some of the world’s leading companies, including Apple, Wells Fargo, Prudential, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi-Co, AT&T, and more.

This program is part of a series of free author programs presented by and sponsored by the Friends of Morgan Library and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by the Liggett Family Endowment, KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins. Book sales in Fort Collins are by Old Firehouse Books.