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This is a picture of Isaac McBurney and Erik Weihenmayer.

Let Lee’s Summit North freshman Isaac McBurney tell you about finding ‘your Everest’

Erik Weihenmayer has long been an idol for LSR7’s Isaac McBurney.

But though the Lee’s Summit North freshman once won an award named after Weinhenmayer at an Alpha Point summer camp for kids with visual impairments, Isaac assumed the first blind man to summit Mount Everest would be someone he continued to admire from afar.

Then, Isaac’s parents sat him on the couch and gave him an incredible surprise.

His mom, Kara, was flying him out to Keystone, Colorado to hike a mountain with Weinhenmayer. The opportunity was made possible through Weinhenmayer’s nonprofit, No Barriers.

Wearing a blue “What’s Your Everest?” shirt, McBurney completed the 6.4 mile hike on Aug. 24.

“Even if there is not a physical mountain in your life that you need to climb, that you can overcome the obstacles in your life,” he says about the experience.

We’ll let him tell the rest of his incredible story. Watch a video crafted by STA’s Shawn Harrel right here:

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