Langevin Honors Blind Everest Climber with Congressional Recognition

Jun 5, 2001
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-Congressman Jim Langevin today joined with his colleague Congressman Thomas Tancredo (R-CO) to introduce a resolution that honors Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to climb Mount Everest.

 The resolution sponsored by Langevin and Tancredo provides for Congressional recognition of Weinhenmayer’s outstanding accomplishment and the tremendous achievements people with disabilities can make with the proper resources, training and opportunities.

 “Erik’s accomplishment sends a strong message to all Americans that regardless of disability or tall obstacles, anything is possible,” said Congressman Langevin.  “I have joined with Congressman Tancredo in introducing this resolution in the hopes that more disabled Americans will find the hope and inspiration to reach new heights.  Erik has achieved what many fear to even consider.”

 Man first reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1926, when George Mallory ascended the highest point in the world.  Only 1,000 others have successfully followed, and more than 150 have lost their lives trying to conquer Everest.

 Mount Everest is one of many mountains that the 32 year old Weinhenmayer has successfully climbed.  He has also reached the peaks of Ama Dablam, Mount McKinley, El Captain, Mount Kiliminjaro, Aconcagua in Argentina, Vinson Massif in Antarctica and Polar Circus, a 3,000-foot ice waterfall in Alberta, Canada.

 “Regardless of physical or mental handicaps, we must all be provided with the opportunity to strive to accomplish our goals and dreams,” added Langevin.