Welcome To Earth | Erik Weihenmayer Talks About His Adventure With Will Smith [Exclusive Interview]

Vulcanologist Jeff Johnson, Will Smith and Explorer Erik Weihernmayer prepare to descend into a volcano to install sensors | Courtesy of National Geographic for Disney+/Kyle Christy

One of the most established athletes, Erik Weihenmayer takes Will Smith on a once in a lifetime adventure in Welcome To Earth on Disney+.

The Synopsis 

It might seem humans have mapped every inch of our planet’s surface, but look closer and you’ll discover that there is still so much more to uncover — the age of exploration is far from over! Welcome to Earth, a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, follows two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets. Throughout the six-part limited series produced by visionary Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Protozoa Pictures, Jane Root’s Nutopia and Westbrook Studios, Will is guided by elite explorers on an awe-inspiring journey, getting up close and personal with some of the most thrilling spectacles on the planet — from volcanoes that roar in silence to deserts that move beyond our perception to animal swarms with minds of their own. Combining breathtaking cinematography with Will’s boundless curiosity and enthusiasm, the blockbuster series is an exciting, multisensory ride through Earth’s most mind-bending portals.

Welcome To Earth
Will Smith dances with locals who imitate the sound of the volcano with their dance

Erik Weihenmayer has hiked numerous mountains around the world. Ten years ago he became the first blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. That was not enough, he went on climbing the tallest peak on each continent. Weihenmayer is the author of his memoir, Touch the Top of the World,The Adversity Advantage and the latest ”No Barriers: A Blind Man’s Journey to Kayak at the Grand Canyon.” He is the founder of No Barriers, who assists people to break their barriers and give to the world. 

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Mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer went into an active volcano with Will Smith to help install sensors.

I had the opportunity to speak to Erik Weihenmayer for the second time via Zoom. He shared a little bit about his eye condition and one of his fond memories before losing his eyesight. Weihenmayer spoke about taking Will Smith to an active volcano and his next adventure. 

Follow Erik Weihenmayer on his journeys via Instagram and on his website. 

Welcome to Earth will premiere December 8, 2021 on Disney+.

Source: LRMExclusive, National Geographic

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