Blind adventurer who climbed Mount Everest takes on Grand Canyon

Nature Valley has partnered with Erik Weihenmayer, a world-renowned adventurer and the only blind person to climb Mount Everest, to sponsor his quest to kayak the expanse of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Weihenmayer's ability to feel and experience energy from nature through his other senses has deepened his connection to nature and will help guide him through this journey. This expedition serves to inspire people to not limit themselves and believe what's within us is stronger than what's in our way.  Nature Valley is joining Erik Weihenmayer in inviting people to pledge to get out there and live a No Barriers Life. Weihenmayer's 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world's most challenging whitewater terrain on the Colorado River is the ultimate challenge for him and his team. The trip began on September 7 at Lee's Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, the boundary between the Grand Canyon and Lake Meade. Weihenmayer is supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell, another visually impaired adventurer, demonstrating that anyone can harness their inner strength to overcome the barriers in their life. Preparation for the expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides. Learn more about Erik and Lonnie by visiting

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