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No Barriers (The Young Adult Adaptation)

A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy; foreword by Bob Woodruff

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 1250206774
ISBN13: 9781250206770

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240 Pages



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Erik Weihenmayer has a long history of turning obstacles into adventures. Born with a rare condition that blinded him as a teenager, he never let his diagnosis hold him back from a full life. As an athlete, explorer, speaker and activist, he has opened the eyes of people around the world to what's possible. In 2001, he became the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. In 2005, he co-founded his nonprofit organization, No Barriers, to empower others to overcome adversity and achieve their biggest goals.

This special edition of No Barriers introduces kids to the incredible true story of Erik's most terrifying journey: solo kayaking the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon. Erik and his friends form a courageous crew to do battle with some of the harshest elements nature has to offer. Along the course of Erik's journey, he meets other trailblazers: adventurers, scientists, artists, and activists who show Erik the way forward and teach him the meaning of No Barriers—“What’s Within You is Stronger Than What’s in Your Way.”


Praise for No Barriers (The Young Adult Adaptation)

“A shining testament . . . Weihenmayer’s powers of discernment are acute, startling, and deeply inspirational.”—Kevin Fedarko, New York Times bestselling author of The Emerald Mile

“A beautiful book about family and finding a way to achieve more than you ever thought possible.”—Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author

“A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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In 2002, I successfully completed my quest to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountains on each of the seven continents of the world. It is a feat that has been achieved by only a few hundred mountaineers in history—none...

About the author

Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy; foreword by Bob Woodruff

Erik Weihenmayer is a bestselling author, athlete, adventurer, and motivational speaker. He is the author of the bestsellers Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage. He co-founded No Barriers USA, which empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their very best to the world. Erik lives in Colorado.

Buddy Levy is an author, educator, journalist and speaker. His books include American Legend, Conquistador, River of Darkness and Geronimo. He is a Clinical Professor of English at Washington State University. He lives in Idaho.

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