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Blind Grand Canyon Descent

ADVENTURERS: Erik Weihenmayer and Lonnie Bedwell

WHAT: Paddling the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, blind.

HOW: For 21 days, Weihenmayer and Bedwell paddled 277 miles through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, facing some of the world’s most iconic rapids, all while being unable to see. The two men worked with sighted team members to navigate the Colorado’s River’s surging, unpredictable whitewater. Weihenmayer used a waterproof bluetooth system to communicate with his spotter, while Bedwell employed a more low-tech solution-his spotters shouted directions, and hoped that Bedwell could hear them over the roar of the rapids.

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