|Eric Weihenmayer (left; back to camera) with uncles and nephews|
Eric, who has been blind since his early teens, has climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents, including Mt. Everest. He is planning to kayak through the Grand Canyon when he can find a radio communication system reliable enough to allow him to negotiate the rapids with the guidance of coaches traveling with him.
Eric is a motivational speaker and a mentor to other people with handicaps. This is the second opportunity I've had to walk with him; he's very knowledgeable about the natural world (but not terribly familiar with the flora and fauna of the mid-Atlantic since he has relocated to Colorado) and - as you might imagine - extraordinarily self-reliant.
We had a good walk, but the biggest challenges I could offer Eric were a few muddy spots in an otherwise mostly smooth trail.
|Eric (left), holding his daughter's shoulders, and flanked by his wife and adopted son (in a brown t-shirt)|