Blind man hikes appalachian trail

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blind man hikes appalachian trail

Blind Courage: Journey of Faith by Bill Irwin

Written by Bill Irwin, with Dave McCasland. A quick read, but powerfully conveyed. Excellent photos of this seemingly impossible task of not only thru-hiking the AT, but doing it blind, with the help of a Seeing-Eye dog. Heavily Christian framework, but it works for me. I had been meaning to read it and recently bought a copy, signed by both Irwin and Orient, his dog ( stamp of paw print). I cried several times while reading the book. To view a four minute video on Bil and Orient negotiating the impossible New England terrain, go to .

Get out the tissues.
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Bill Irwin became the first blind man to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in a single hiking session in
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Last October, Thomas became just the second blind person to hike the entire A. The first was Bill Irwin, who completed the trail in But Thomas refused to let blindness interfere with his dream of walking 2, miles through the woods. Thomas, from Charlotte, N. But as fellow hikers started dropping out later in the journey, he started relying on Boy Scout troops, day hikers, or anyone else he could find. By the end, he was bruised and battered but also renewed by a spirit of adventure that transcends what can only be seen.

Trevor Thomas is the world's only blind professional long distance hiker. Throughout his career, he has trekked nearly 20, miles on America's most rugged and remote long trails.
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Bill lost his fight to prostate cancer on Saturday, March 1, He was amazing man. He reached out to so many throughout his lifetime across the country to lend a helping hand, a shoulder to lean on, for word s of wisdom. He believed in everyone and gave everyone a second chance. He will be sorely missed by all. He will be forever in our hearts.

The park is known for its sweeping views of mini alpine peaks, scrubby hills, rocky outcroppings, and dense spruce fir forests. But unlike the other hikers who descended upon the park last weekend, Thomas had every mile of the trail mapped out in his mind—every fork, creek, and crossroad that could trip him up. Thomas has always been an adrenaline junkie and avid outdoorsman. Then he got into skydiving. Doctors told him he had a rare eye disorder called atypical central serous chorioretinopathy, which leads to retinal detachment and, in some cases, blindness. The effects were irreversible.


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