Afraid to Lose Your Sight? These Blind Paddlers Have No Fear

Words:: Bradford McArthur

The desert of the Southwest is a place all should visit at least once.  If you do only one thing there, I strongly suggest paddling or rafting the Grand Canyon.  By the time my turn came around in 2012, I had paddled tens of thousands of miles of steep and committing canyons all throughout the world.  For most people, the Grand Canyon is their crowning achievement, and so I figured the intense hype was due in part to it being many people’s most proud endeavor.  And so as I dropped in early one morning to begin a solo descent I was excited, but not expecting to be blown away.

I was so wrong.  The Canyon is actually as amazing as every single claim, and more.

The story below are just another amazing legacy that’s been added to the Canyon’s history.  The rich history begins as the homeland of the Havasupai People, then Powell’s epic first descent, Kenton Grua’s wild speed descent in a Dory, many others and now 5 blind veterans descending the whole length.  Please do yourself a favour, set aside time and get on the Grand Canyon.  You’ve probably never done anything like it, and never will again.

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Check out the Google Street View of the entire descent!