Beyond Limits: Eric Alexander
Limits to What We Can Achieve
Alexander, a world-class skier, climber, and
mountaineer is achieving his goals while playing an
instrumental role in helping others to achieve their
he defied the odds and scaled Mt. Everest with his
blind- friend Erik Weihenmayer.
Currently he is planning his next adventure to
Russia with Erik, to climb and ski Mt. Elbrus, at
18,500 ft – one of the seven summits (the highest
points on each of the seven continents).
Making this the first-ever blind ski descent of
not instructing disabled skiers in Vail, Colorado Eric
directs Adventures Beyond Limits, an organization that
educates and encourages youth with disabilities in the
grew up in the Colorado Rockies and started climbing
in his teens. He
was a member of the University of Denver ski team,
which led him to pursue work as a Ski Patrolman in
Vail and in the French Alps getting him a spot in a
Warren Miller ski movie – Snowriders II.
Eric’s climbing abilities were continually
improving and refined over the years with expeditions
throughout the Rockies, Tetons, Mexico, and the French
has not always been without its trials.
Eric reminds us of our humanity and
demonstrates the courage it takes to succeed in
climbing Everest after a near-fatal fall in the
Himalayas when he fell 150 feet onto a 3 foot wide
ledge that saved him from another 500 foot drop. The
incident left him with pulmonary edema and it became
clear that he would need to be airlifted to safety.
For nine months he struggled with pneumonia and
was unable to train for Everest.
It is inspiring to know that Eric recovered and
was one of the strongest climbers on summit day
guiding Erik W every step of the way from the summit
back to the safety of camp IV.
speaking and engaging a group, it is apparent
that Eric can warm his audience on many levels.
His team spirit, inspiring demeanor, and
balanced lifestyle is motivating and
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