Climbing Blind (2019)

  • Documentary, climbing, Adventure
  • 1h 10m

RENT FOR 48 HOURS The incredible story of the first blind lead climb of the Old Man of Hoy a 137 metre tower of rocks coming out of the ocean off the Scottish coast.

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 rock 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.

This engrossing documentary will make you laugh and cry as it delivers not just a truly gripping climbing story but a tale of human endeavour and attitude the world can take inspiration from.

Director

Alastair Lee