Blind Mountaineer Kayaks Grand Canyon in ‘The Weight of Water’

Everest climber and all-around adventurer Erik Weihenmayer stars in ‘The Weight of Water,’ a film in which he takes on paddling the Grand Canyon.

Paddling the rushing whitewater of the Grand Canyon takes a lot of planning and skill. In this feature film, adventurer Erik Weihenmayer embarks down the Colorado River for a thrill of a lifetime.

Weihenmayer, who is blind, has accomplished a lot in life: He became the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest, founded the nonprofit No Barriers, and has now solo-paddled the Grand Canyon. He’s also a world-renowned speaker and athlete.

But this film isn’t about that. It’s about man versus whitewater, excitement for a challenge, and pure thrill. It’s the epitome of good storytelling, told through the eyes of someone who can’t see. You can find the recently released full film here.

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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