Blind Climber Erik Weihenmayer Presents 'Touch The Top Of The World' Slide Show at Denver's Paramount Theather First Blind Climber to summit Mount Everest will recount the successful NFB

expedition in the company of Pasquale Scatturo, Brad Bull, Jeff Evans, and

Charley Mace



    DENVER, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday September 26th at 7:30 PM,
 Eastern Mountain Sports will host Erik Weihenmayer at Denver's Paramount
 Theater for an evening of slides and stories about one of the most successful
 expeditions to Mount Everest in mountaineering history.  Weihenmayer is the
 first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and will be sharing
 his recent experience of climbing the world's highest peak without the sense
 of sight.  Sponsored by the National Federation for the Blind, Weihenmayer and
 team reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 25th, 2001.  Tickets to the
 show are now available for $12.00 at Ticketmaster outlets and at all Front
 Range Eastern Mountain Sports store locations in Boulder, Colorado Springs,
 Denver, Fort Collins, Littleton, and Westminster.  Proceeds will benefit the
 National Federation for the Blind.
     Joining Weihenmayer will be expedition leader Pasquale Scatturo and team
 members Brad Bull, Jeff Evans, and Charley Mace.   The oldest person to reach
 the summit, 64 year-old Sherman Bull, was also part of the 19-person NFB team,
 the largest party to summit Everest as a group.  The successful ascent will be
 chronicled in a documentary film to be released by the National Federation for
 the Blind, and is the basis of Weihenmayer's recently released book "Touch the
 Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther than the Eye Can
 See".  Weihenmayer will be signing copies of his book immediately following
 the slide presentation.
     Residing in Golden, Weihenmayer trained for the Everest climb on the
 stairs of Denver's Norwest building and among the foothills and summits of
 Colorado's 14,000 ft peaks.  Many of the expedition team members are also
 Colorado natives and residents, and Erik describes the unique sense of
 camaraderie that developed while training together.  "The team developed a
 kind of spirit I hadn't seen or heard about on previous Everest expeditions,
 particularly the year of the '96 disaster", said Weihenmayer.   "Our ages
 ranged from 27-64, and we all came from such diverse backgrounds. A doctor, a
 geophysicist, an architect, a ski instructor.  There were no egos or
 superstars on the team. Just a bunch of friends who seemed to have one vision:
 to take care of each other".
     Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation's leading specialty retailers
 of outdoor clothing and equipment, operating 86 stores primarily throughout
 the Northeast, Midwest, and Colorado.  To locate an EMS store, call
 1-888-INFO-EMS or log on to www.emsonline.com.
 
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