Two years after being registered blind, at the age of 29, Dean did a charity tandem skydive which changed his life.
Since then he has notched up over 80 activities around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set almost 20 world firsts in activities ranging from open-water swimming to stand up paddle-boarding.
The Magnificent Seven idea was decided over a year ago. Simply the plan was to paddle Scotland’s seven longest freshwater lochs in seven days. I thought choosing August would be a safe bet on the weather front but ultimately it became the most challenging aspect of the week
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As ¾ of the UK was bathed in sunshine, Patrick Winterton and I paddled out to Lismore lighthouse from Oban and back again, with wind, rain, and lots of CalMac Ferries wakes for company.
For the majority of the way back, the wind was replaced by thick fog, and due to poor visibility we had to paddle back on a compass bearing. At one point Patrick commented that I was the only other thing he could see in the fog. I apologised for that!
This 17km round trip took us a little over 2.5 hours to complete, Read more…
Having taken on over 80 challenges around the world and set almost 20 world firsts, Dean has a large repertoire to draw upon. Whether it be talking about becoming the first person to abseil the UK’s highest waterfall, or swim the UK’s highest loch, or being the first registered blind person to stand up paddle-board from the Scilly Isles to Cornwall, or bungee jump from a helicopter, Dean has many experiences to share.
Latest: On 15th February 2017 Dean will be talking at the launch night of the Fort William Mountain Festival.