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 almost 150 activities and challenges around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set over 25 world firsts in activities ranging from open-water swimming to stand up paddle-boarding.
Although the Big Challenge was now off, Rho and I still had a great time.
We met up with Chris who is an amazing outdoorswoman and had excellent local knowledge about tides, locations, etc. She took us on some fantastic swims – one near Creagorry on Benbecula, another by the Eriskay causeway, and another at Loch Aineort in South Uist. The water was so clear, (something we’re not used to in Clunie Loch). At Aineort we even had an inquisitive seal follow us as we swam and looked down at the starfish and sea anemones below us. Read more…
Here are the latest videos featuring Dean’s adventures: Click here to go to the channel
Despite the “2019 Big Challenge” literally being blown out, with winds of over 50mph, 2019 has been a very exciting and fun packed year, filled with many different activities and challenges, including:
Archery & rock climbing with Craggan Outdoors
Mountain biking with friends at Glentress, (7Stanes mountain biking trails)
The worlds’ fastest zipwire
DofE SUP expedition on Loch Laggan
3 Lochs Challenge
Lots of prone boarding with Piotr of Outdoor Explore
Exploring the Uists with new friends
My 4th Lamlash Splash, Read more…
Having taken on almost 100 challenges around the world and set over 25 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.