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Extreme Dreams is a showcase for Dean Dunbar, blind adventurer

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.

And there’s more, over 100 challenges in fact…!

Click on any challenge for the full write-up:

2020 BLOG

13th February 2020

Prone – Loch Tummel, Scotland

This was my first time back on a prone-board in almost 6 months. A combination of wintery conditions – ice on the edge of the loch, snow on the hills, and air temperature of 2 degrees – and lack of prone board fitness, made today very tough. But it was great to be back on the water!
Thanks to Piotr, (Outdoor Explore), for giving me a lift up and back to Tummel. On the way back to Blair we had a chat about our joint challenge coming up later this year – one of the #2020visionofablindadventurer projects. Read more…

Read the full 2020 Blog here


Here are the latest videos featuring Dean’s adventures: Click here to go to the  channel

Mountain board crash Hay Tor, Dartmoor, England
Clip 2: Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16
Clip 3: Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16
Dean Dunbar talking at the ATS – 23.01.16 (Full talk)
Human Catapult - 7th April, 2002 - editted down version
"This Morning" tv interview - 2nd December, 2009
A Man In A Hurry – 1st blind swimmer to cross the Corryvreckan Gulf – 7th August, 2011
SUP it and See 2: Board Scilly
The Magnificent 7
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Dean has several adventures planned for 2020 – #2020visionofablindadventurer – using different sports to achieve them. This page will showcase each of these bigger adventures once they have been completed.
These challenges are due to take place from late Spring onwards. In the meantime, we’re going to use this space to show some of the fun things Dean has got up to since he started back in 1998.

2001 – White Water Sledging

On this one, there was a moment were I stood on the edge and thought, Read more…


  • May 28th – Dean will be talking about his adventures, at Glenmore Lodge, near Aviemore.
  • May – Dean & Rhona have been invited to go foraging on Mull with Bernie at Wild Coast Wanders. Free food, can’t wait!
  • April 23rd, 2020 – Dean will be talking at the Buxton Adventure Festival.
  • January 25th – Dean & Rhona were back at the Ice Factor for some more indoor ice climbing.  Read more HERE.
  • October 19th – Dean did his “SUP to St Kilda” talk at the Tullynessle Hall in Aberdeenshire. 
  • September 21st – Dean & Rhona swam together in the Lamlash Splash.  This was the first time Rhona had guided Dean in a swimming event.  Read more HERE.
  • September – Dean and Patrick Winterton had their Big Challenge planned, but things didn’t quite go to plan.  Read more HERE
  • July – Dean is chuffed to nuts to be included in the Palm 40th Celebrations SUP video.  Watch it HERE
  • June 21st – Read how a trip to find the midnight sun in Scotland, turned into the 3 Lochs Challenge.
  • June 15th – Dean took journalist Gayle Ritchie out for a prone boarding session.  Read more HERE.
  • June 7th-9th – Dean and Rhona joined the Nairn Academy Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award group on their final training SUP expedition weekend. CLICK HERE.
  • May 27th – Dean & Rhona rode Europe’s longest, and the world’s fastest zipwire.  Click HERE.
  • March 2nd – Dean did his first mountain bike trail blue route.  Blind and daft?  CLICK HERE.
  • March 1st – Dean was one of the speakers at the Braemar Mountain Festival.
  • February 26th – Dean & Rhona spent the day with the wonderful folk at Craggan Outdoors, doing some rock climbing and archery.


These sponsors have been a tremendous help in supplying kit and support for my challenges.


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.




Dean has been the first in the world with a number of his challenges…