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 over 100 activities around the world, ranging from adventure racing to zorbing, and set almost 25 world firsts in activities ranging from open-water swimming to stand up paddle-boarding.

And there’s more, over 80 challenges in fact…!

Click on any challenge for the full write-up:


19th August 2019

Bike, prone, swim – Oban, Scotland.

Travelling light. OK, maybe not so “light”.
I was off for 3 days of light training with Patrick for our upcoming challenge next month.
Ok, so the training wasn’t so “light” either.
Day 1 had us out on the tandem bike for a short, but extremely hilly route. This was followed by a short, but very lumpy prone-board session off the coast of Oban. This was Patrick’s 1st time at proning. I thought to myself “I wonder how he will get on with this”, as he shot off ahead of me and was rarely seen after that! Read more…

Read the full 2019 Big Challenge Blog here


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


For the last 4 or 5 years, the majority of my adventures have been built around stand up paddleboarding, (SUP). But due to a foot injury caused in the Autumn of 2018 that is refusing to go away, I will be mixing things up for 2019.

Hopefully there will still be some SUP, but there will also be some climbing, swimming, prone-boarding, cycling, and several other things in the pipeline. Read more…


  • September – Dean and Patrick Winterton will be teaming up again for “Deano & Paddy’s 2019 Adventure”.  But don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret!
  • 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.


Read more on Dean-Talks.com


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