Weihenmayer Reaches His 6th Continental Summit
Now Set On Seventh Summit in September
Nominated For An ESPY
Weihenmayer stood on the 18,513 snow dome of
Mt. Elbrus celebrating yesterday at
approximately 2:30 p.m., after a 12 1/2 hour
climb through snow to the summit. Reports from
the mountain are sketchy, but Erik, on weary
legs, then skied down a few thousand feet and,
if weather permits, he will continue his ski
descent today. Elbrus, situated between the
Caspian and Black Seas in the Caucasus Mountains
which separate Europe from Asia, becomes his 6th
moves one step closer to his dream to stand on the
highest peak on each of the seven land continents, a
feat accomplished by approximately 100 elite
mountaineers worldwide. Preparations are already
underway for the "finale", Carstensz Pyramid
in Papua, the Seventh Summit, which is scheduled to
commence August 24. These climbs plus Everest are
sponsored by Allegra and the National Federation of
teammates from his historic Everest
climb in May 2001 stood together with him on
Elbrus summit. This symbolizes the tremendous
cohesiveness which exists within this team, one of the
major reasons for its continued successes. Many
Everest teammates will also join the climb in Papua,
which begins in a tropical forest and ends with a
2000 rock climb to the top. Political unrest in
this area is a concern, and the climbers may receive
special protection provided by the Indonesian
government during their expedition.
team summited Elbrus earlier than planned, a welcomed
treat to Luis Benitez and Chris Morris, team leaders
who joined this expedition directly from guiding on
Everest and McKinley respectively, and to Erik, who
scheduled the Elbrus expedition so as to arrive home
in time for daughter Emmas 2nd birthday on June 21.
ESPY Award nominees have been announced, and Erik is
one of three people nominated for Best Disabled
Athlete; the others are Steve Pate and Sarah Will. The
10th Annual ESPY Awards include the biggest names in
sports: Tiger Woods, Barry Bonds, Jennifer Capriati,
Sarah Hughes, Annika Sorenstam, and Venus Williams.
The show will be aired live from the Kodak Theatre in
Hollywood on ESPN on Wednesday, July 10 at 9:00 p.m.
EDT. Erik and Ellie will be sitting in the audience
waiting with anticipation to see if Erik will be the
one to step up onto the stage, with guidedog Seigo, of
course. You can be there too, in a front row seat!
weeks earlier, on June 29, Erik will receive a Victor
Award, at the longest running sports award show on TV.
The 35th Annual Victor Awards will be presented at the
Hilton Theatre in Las Vegas during a two-hour live
telecast beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT on FOX.
worth watching: the replay of the Mothers Day
Special, Apple Pie, which focuses on 9 athletes and
the special relationships they have with their moms.
The show plays June 23 at 4:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.