Farther Than The Eye Can See
Mount Everest , located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, is the tallest point on Earth rising 29,029 feet of imposing majesty. For a sighted person, climbing this mountain is one of the most physically challenging feats to accomplish. Imagine how much more difficult this challenge becomes for a blind man.
Ever since he lost his sight, Erik Weihenmayer had a dream at the back of his mind to climb Mount Everest. He knew that if he could climb this mountain and stand on its summit the image of blindness that he possessed would be transformed forever. People’s perceptions about what’s possible and what’s not possible for the blind to do would be shattered by that one bold statement because sadly, the general public has very low expectations of the blind, not out of mean spiritedness, but simply because of a lack of knowledge.
At age three he was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that made him finally go blind at age 13. He felt some relief then because at that point he could finally move on with his life and figure out how to live with his sight completely gone.
This film takes an intimate look at one of the most successful Mount Everest expeditions in recent history. It beautifully captures the mixture of emotions felt by Weihenmayer as he made his historic ascent on May 25, 2001.
Pasquale Scaturro, a world-renowned explorer, adventurer and geophysicist, was the expedition leader. He was really the one who encouraged Erik to go for it. Scaturro patiently went over every detail of the climb with Erik, allowing him to get a feel of it through the use of props.
According to Erik, mountain climbing is not an activity that one can describe as ‘fun’. That word does not do it justice because it’s more like a combination of all that life has to offer in one single experience. It includes intense cold, intense heat, exhaustion, and sometimes it’s total exhilaration.
In order to reach the unharmed, Erik needed to climb safely and for this the entire team came together and developed a series of codes to guide him. However, he also needed to climb quickly because speed is extremely important when dealing with the ice close to the summit. Erik experienced some with self-doubt as he realized that he had actually slowed his team down and for a moment he gave in to the voices of naysayers who had mocked his decision.
At the end of the experience Weihenmayer shared his story in the book “Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See.”
Watch this impressive film now.