Touch the Top of the World, the 2006 A&E Television Networks’ movie based on Erik Weihenmayer’s best-selling autobiography of the same name, arrives on DVD February 17th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, which depicts the determination and heroism of Weihenmayer, who overcame insurmountable odds to become the first blind rock and ice climber to reach the top of Mount Everest, is a truly gripping drama. I’m writing to see if you would be interested in interviewing Erik and possibly taking an early look at the DVD to review or discuss it online, thus helping us alert the mountain climbing community to the DVD. The only blind person to have climbed the "Seven Summits," the tallest peak on every continent, Erik has also scaled the 3000 foot rock face of El Capitan, skied down the tallest peak in Europe, and guided Tibetan blind teenagers to 21,500 feet on the north side of Mt. Everest.
More on the film: Touch the Top of the World, stars Peter Facinelli (Twilight), Bruce Campbell (TV’s “Burn Notice,” The Evil Dead) and Sarah Manninen (The Prince and Me). Directed by Peter Winther (The Patriot) and written by Fiorella Cole (Papa’s Angels), Touch the Top of the World depicts the determination and heroism of Erik Weihenmayer (Facinelli), a rock and ice climber who overcomes insurmountable odds to become the first blind man to reach the top of Mount Everest. Diagnosed at three years old with a rare eye disease, Eric was still able to lead a normal life, thanks to his parents who continually challenged him to live a normal life. This is the story of dreams becoming reality where one man’s fervor inspires his entire community and a generation of vision-impaired athletes. Touch the Top of the World premiered June 18, 2006 on A&E Television Networks.
More on Erik:A former middle school teacher and wrestling coach, Erik is one of the most exciting and well-known athletes in the world. Despite losing his vision at the age of 13, Erik has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier, who has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life. Erik's feats have earned him an ESPY award, recognition by Time Magazine for one of the greatest sporting achievements of 2001, induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, an ARETE Award for the superlative athletic performance of the year, the Helen Keller Lifetime Achievement award, Nike's Casey Martin Award, and the Freedom Foundation's Free Spirit Award. He has also carried the Olympic Torch for both the Summer and Winter Games.
Weihenmayer’s Touch the Top of the World has been published in ten countries and translated into six languages. His second book, The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness, co-authored with Dr. Paul Stoltz, also reached the best-selling charts.