Eric Weihenmayer became the first blind man to summit Mount Everest back in 2001. Since then, he has gone on to climb the Seven Summits -- the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

Last night, Steve and I watched the documentary of this man's quest to take a small group of blind children from Tibet on a life-changing journey up Everest. "Blindsight" is an honest and inspiring film. The stories of each child are captivating. And the trek leaves you wondering, "What's going to happen?" I highly recommend it. If you're a Netflix member, you can download and 'Watch it Now.' Or, put it on your list for the next time you're on your way to the library or video store and stumped about what movie to rent.

My biggest take-away from the film was Eric's description of 'the reach.' It is the time when we all, as blind travelers in our own ways, have to reach into dark and unknown places in life, in order to move to a higher place. At the point before the reach, we all have to make a choice. Is it a a point of paralyzation -- or a place of immense possibility? For everybody, functional eyeballs or not, there are inevitable times in life that feel like the only forward choice is a blind climb. Blindsight's got me thinking about it. What's 'the reach' in your life?


"One thing hasn't changed in the twenty years I've been rock climbing," he says. "That's the reach. We calculate and predict. We hope and pray. All our measurements lead us to believe we'll find what we are looking for, but we know there are no guarantees. It's that moment when we've committed to the reach, and we know it's almost impossible to turn back." He knows the reach can be paralyzing, but he also knows that "life is an ongoing, never-ending process of reaching into the darkness when we don't know what we will find. We're constantly reaching towards immense possibilities; they may be unseen yet they are sensed, while most people allow the darkness to paralyze them."

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Climbing Blind -- The web account of this 2004 climb is found at

Braille Without Borders -- Tibet

Touch the Top -- Eric Wiehenmayer's Site


KELLY said...

Wow, thanks for sharing that Kel!!! So true, the reach . . . that seems to be were I am a lot . . . relying on Him.