The Incredible Story of the First Blind Lead of the Old Man of Hoy

If this doesn’t inspire you, we’re at a loss for what will. Winner of Best Climbing Film at the Vancouver Mountain Film Festival alongside plenty of other awards, Climbing Blind is the story of Jesse Dufton, a climber born with 20% central vision. At four years of age Jesse was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells. At age 20 Jesse could no longer read; by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2% field of view. But one thing has stayed constant—a love for climbing. And he hasn’t let his physical ailments hold him back. Keep an eye out for the full film and enjoy this inspiring trailer. —ML