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Climbing the Highest Mountains with Vision Loss
vision lossErik Weihenmayer was born on Sept. 23, 1968, with a rare eye disease, retinoschisis; his vision worsened through childhood, and he went completely blind in his early teens. Despite living with vision loss, Weihenmayer was introduced to rock climbing and, as he says, was reborn. Since that time, he has climbed or attempted some of the most technical peaks in the world. 

“I’d worried that blindness would be like this prison you can’t escape from,” Weihenmayer said. But rock climbing “was just fully so absorbing.” “It was everything I thought blindness wasn’t going to be.”

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