November 16, 2010

The Summit: An Interview With Eric Alexander

***NOTICE: Be sure to read to the bottom of this post to see how you can possibly win one of two Kindles!!!

I recently had the pleasure of reading Eric Alexander's book The Summit: Faith Beyond Everest’s Death Zone . It is a very engaging and encouraging read.

As a popular speaker, Eric Alexander highlights the importance of trust, courage, teamwork, and integrity. Eric inspires others to aspire to even greater summits in their own lives, relationships, careers, and spiritual journeys. He founded Higher Summits, and works to educate and encourage youth with disabilities. He also teaches disabled skiers in Vail, CO.

Tommorow, I will be posting my review of The Summit a book which allows the reader the unique opportunity to climb in the footsteps of Eric and his unique life journey of guiding people with disabilities to the most perilous places of the world, including Mount Everest’s first blind ascent, abject terror on Ama Dablam, blind ski descent of Russian’s Mount Elbrus, up Kilimanjaro in Africa with four blind teens, as well as other summits and beyond!

Today, I am featuring an interview with the author:

1. Tell us about yourself and how your occupation is considerably different from most people?

Eric: I am married to Amy, have twin daughters Karis and Aralyn, serve in my local church, lead climbs and treks all over the world and make a living speaking to audiences around the globe by sharing a message of inspiration that challenges people to take on their own “Everest’s.”

2. What are some of the mountain summits you’ve conquered in the world?

Eric:  I have summited the highest peaks on six of the seven continents including taking my blind friend Erik Weihenmayer to the summit of Everest. Beyond this I have climbed hundreds of other peaks in numerous countries.

3. How do these relate to summits other people face in their lives?

Eric: I believe that a mountain climb is a perfect metaphor for life. We need goals, desire, strength, motivation, trust, teamwork, courage, and the list could be a mile long to face a challenging climb. The same that is true for a physical mountain is true for any obstacle whether that be cancer, relationships, finances, business and the more we can rely on faith and core values, the better equipped we are to face life’s challenges.

4. In what way does your book help others connect more deeply to God in each chapter with the Crux, the Hold, and the Anchor?

Eric: What I have laid out here at the end of each chapter is a challenge that we may all face and I call this the crux. A solution I offer is termed the hold, and most importantly the anchor is a scriptural answer from the Bible that will hopefully invite the reader to connect with God for the best answer.

5. Was there anything you faced that nearly stopped your dream of climbing Mount Everest?

Eric: Just the year before on a training climb of Ama Dablam (a more technical climb near Everest), I had a near fatal fall of 150’. This ended with me getting a life-threatening illness High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and later viral pneumonia. After this I lost my best friend in a back-country snow boarding accident and it was the fear and doubt that were almost insurmountable for me to again face my Everest.

6. What was it that kept you going, and still motivates your work and faith today?

Eric: Knowing that I serve a loving God that has his best in mind for me.

7. Tell us about that record-setting team ascent of Mount Everest in May of 2001?

Eric: This team put a blind man on the summit, the largest team to summit on same day, first American father and son, largest camera – HD video, and oldest summiteer Sherman Bull at 64.

8. In what ways is this highlighted in your new book, The Summit?

Eric: The Summit is about the hard work and the journey that climbing is. The book culminates the journey on the summit of Everest in celebratory style.

9. How do you now help others overcome obstacles in their lives in order to achieve their own dreams as well?

Eric: One of the great things about this climb on Everest was that it was not about me, not about the individuals, it was about serving someone else. The things I have learned from this experience I try to pass on to others I meet who have disabilities and encourage them on towards striving for their goals and dreams.

10. What is the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn in your life of adventure?

Eric: Sometimes eggs are the only food on the table. Eat them or go hungry.

If you would like to get to know Eric Alexander even better please feel free to visit his website.

CONTEST: To celebrate the publication of The Summit New Leaf Publishing Group is giving away 2 Kindles, both with The Summit already loaded on them.

To enter the contest all you need to do is post the video book trailer below on your favorite social media sites. You must complete this form to officially enter the contest. Post as often in as many places as you like. Each post will count as an individual entry.

Here is the video:

My thanks to New Leaf Press, an imprint of New Leaf Publishing Group, for providing a review copy of The Summit.

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