Film

Climbing Blind

Despite his devastating condition Jesse attempts to be the first blind person to make a 'non-sight' lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.
 

About

Director

Alastair Lee

Producer

Alastair Lee

Featuring

Jesse Dufton

Sponsor

CAC, Montane, Petzl, BMC TV

Running time

60 minutes

Country / Nationality

UK

Jesse Dufton was 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 aged 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. As a life long climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity training for world cup events and leading traditional rock climbs with his sight guide and fiancée Molly. As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress. Despite his devastating condition Jesse only takes on bigger challenges by attempting to be the first blind person to make a 'non-sight' lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.