Tuesday, June 27, 2017

No Barriers - Erik Weihenmayer

Sub-title: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

I picked this up because my father is blind and I've admired his ability to keep doing whatever he wants to do.  Erik, the author, has never let it get in his way and he founded an organization to help others find the same spirit in themselves.

The book tells how he climbed Mt Everest and kayaked the Grand Canyon. I was fascinated by the amount of details to be covered in preparing for these adventures.  I was particularly intrigued by a device called a "Brain Port" that re-programmed sensors in his tongue to stimulate his optic nerve so that he could "see" objects.

The story interweaves events in his personal life with his adventures in a disjointed fashion making it drag in parts.  Overall, it's a book worth reading for the inspirational message of overcoming odds.

Published: 2017  Read: June 2017  Genre: Adventure, autobiography

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