Blind at the age of 14 from a rare disease called retinoschisis, Erik is one of the most celebrated and accomplished adventurers in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind climber in history to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2008, he completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits – the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. Since then, Erik has spent the last six years learning to white water kayak. In his own words, Erik says, “white water kayaking is by far the hardest thing I have ever done.” As one of the co-founders of No Barriers USA, he hopes this expedition will encourage one million people to pledge to live a No Barriers Life.