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  • Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb my sight Lots of people ask me how can I be registered blind and do all of these great sports This is quite hard to explain but I ll give it a go The photograph on this page also demonstrates roughly what I can see Normally when light enters the eye it passes through the outer surface of the eye then the jelly part Ultimately it reaches the Retina which is the light sensing structure of the eye The Retina contains two types of cells called Rods and Cones Rods handle vision in low light and Cones handle color vision and detail The Retina has a central area called the Macula that contains a high concentration of Cones This area is responsible for sharp detailed vision When these cells detect light coming into the eye they send a message back to the brain which in turn translates the message into what we see I have a condition called Rod and Cone Dystrophy This means that the Rod and Cone cells have been constantly dying off since I developed the condition aged 9 Because the central part of my vision has now gone I have to rely on my peripheral vision Unfortunately this area is unfocussed as well as having debris floating through it At the age of nine I was registered as being Partially Sighted At the age of 25 I was registered as Blind Although I have some sight the little I have is of very little use Whilst stationary I can see approximately 1 5metres fairly clearly As soon as I start to move this distance diminishes At walking pace I can make most things out up to 0

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/my_sight/xsid/2 (2016-02-10)
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  • Flight Mountain Biking Mountainboarding Paragliding Power Kiting Quad Biking River Bugs Rover Boarding Royal Marine Assault Course Sandboarding England Sandboarding Western Australia Scad Diving Scrambling Scuba Diving Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Pink Gnome THE WIERD WORLD OF THE PINK GNOME Hello My name is Norris and I am The Pink Gnome When I am not standing around in the garden chatting up the fairies and eating mushrooms I spend my time fishing for the most exciting and unusual activities on the

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/pink_gnome/xoid/2 (2016-02-10)
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  • love to abseil that Look carefully and you will see Ben dead centre In June of 2009 a very good friend Ric Kirkup and I went up to have a good look at the falls He is a very experienced outdoorsman and I knew that he would be able to say whether it was possible or not We spent around 24 hours in the area walking in on the Friday night sleeping at the bothie overnight and then walking back out on the Saturday afternoon 3 things were learnt on this visit The first was that the abseil was definitely possible and the second was that I was not going to walk in again Due to the terrain and my bad eye sight I spent most of the walking falling staggering tripping etc By the time I got out my legs and feet were in a bad state Ben below and Deano and Graeme on the ledge The third thing we learnt was that it would not be an easy abseil and that I would need to get some specific water and ropes training in I then spoke to John Mason Strang at Nae Limits who has helped out on several of our previous adventures and he recommended Ben Starkie from the Vertical Descents outdoor centre in Fort William John reckoned that Ben was probably the top guy in the country for this sort of challenge as he trained the pros Ben below and Deano and Graeme on the ledge A few weeks later I met up with Ben and we went out on a training day We started with some basic rope skills and then went on to play in the water We abseiled slid and scrambled down several waterfalls and even ended up hanging upside down in one just to get the feel of what it would be like and learn how to right myself if this were to happen for real All in all a fantastic day At the end of the day we discussed Eas A Chual Aluinn and he offered to come along on the trip Perfect I spoke to Ric and he thought that would be the best thing to do as Ben was the best guy for the job Ric said he preferred to climb up frozen waterfalls than abseil down wet ones Ben half way up just to right On the morning of the 5 th of September we all met up at Kylesku The team was Ben Starkie Carrie Reid now Carrie Starkie Graeme Reid Carrie s brother Rhona and I Oh yes and don t forget Hendrix and Stumpy the 2 dogs We loaded up the boats and a couple of hours later we were all at the bothie This was the first chance that the rest of the team got to see Eas A Chual Aluinn Ben and Deano third up in centre and Graeme two thirds up There had been some major flooding over the previous 3 days

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Aquaseilling_UKs_Highest_Waterfall/xsid/66 (2016-02-10)
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  • Unfortunately some of the companies we approached were unwilling to let me do the trips I wanted due to the blind thing Anyway after searching we came across a company called Exodotours who would be happy to take me on a half day trip We had teamed up with a great couple from Oz Amy and Tony earlier in the week and they were also looking for some fun so we booked up together Rhona goes over the edge When we arrived at the shop to get kitted out we were given a wetsuit long john each a helmet dry cag and a pair of shoes I already had my 5 10s my favourite shoes for water sports These boots stick to rock like poo sticks to a bears bum Amy goes next Once dressed we were lead to the bus which already had 5 people in it This made a total of 9 clients and 2 guides William and Armundo We then headed north east along the main road between Banos and Puyo After travelling for around 15 minutes through a couple of tunnels we pulled off the road and de bussed From here we took a steep walk to our put in point around 100 metres above us 100 metres may not sound too bad but when you are dressed head to toe in neoprene carrying your cag life jacket and helmet and the temperature is around 35 degrees centigrade it seemed a long way Tony does the big one 20 minutes later we were all taking our turn to stand under a 3 metre waterfall taking photos and generally cooling down From here it was time to learn how to abseil William took us to a small 2 metre waterfall and talked us through the technique we were about to use for this session of canyonning His main advice once we were on the rope and in the right position was to open your legs and take it slowly Is it Spiderman Oh no it s just Deano One at a time we rappelled down this first waterfall correcting our technique as we went We were then taken down a few more waterfalls ranging in height from around 4 metres to around 10 metres These all went very well with no major problems Apparently the view from these waterfalls was amazing I couldn t see it but people were saying that we were around 200 300 metres above the valley floor and they could see the river below us and the jungle opposite It sounded very impressive Deano again Anyway we had now made our way down to our last waterfall of the day This was an almost vertical descent of around 45 metres There was not enough water to make it too dangerous but there was enough to make our route pretty slippery I m glad I had my 5 10s One at a time we went over the edge with our legs open and taking

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Aquaseillng__Canyoning_%C2%96_Ecuador/xsid/17 (2016-02-10)
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  • They had joined forces and created the company Highland Fling Bungee Their aim was to create the first static bridge bungee site in the UK and in November 2010 they were almost there It had taken four long years to get everything agreed with the appropriate authorities etc and things were just about ready to rock and roll An advertising company had contacted Highland Fling Bungee requesting their help with an advert for the HSBC bank They wanted footage of their character doing a bungee jump and were would look better than the River Garry Bridge in the Pass of Killiecrankie with the Scottish highlands as a spectacular backdrop The bungee site was rigged up for 2 days and fortunately for me and a few other friends of John and Muzza the filming only took 1 day This meant that we would have a day to come along and play The day of the filming for the advert had been beautiful Blue skies sun shining birds singing angels smiling etc etc Unfortunately on the day we all came along the blue sky sunshine singing birds and the angels had all left with the catering truck after the filming and we were left with rain wind hail rain and more rain There was snow on the hills just a few miles from where we were standing All in all it wasn t the best day to be standing around on an exposed bridge waiting to throw yourself off it But then it was November in Scotland Whilst everything was being set up John told us how the plans for the Highland Fling Bungee were coming along The plan was to launch in the Spring of 2011 They were going to build a platform which would be 40 metres above the river and just a few metres below the bridge and when the jumpers had finished bouncing they would be brought back up to the platform to be disconnected etc However today was more of a stunt and for our jump we would be leaping off the top of the bridge This was only a few extra metres maybe 5 or so and we would then be lowered into a waiting boat below us to be disconnected etc This made it all very exciting for us As usual with bungee jumping certain ropes go with certain weights of people Me being a lightweight in so many ways my bungee rope would be towards the end of the session This meant I would have plenty of time to watch and listen to everyone else before I went over This also gave me plenty of time to remember my 5 previous bungee jumps and remember how nervous I was back then Muzza was the first one over He had done over 200 bungee jumps in the past so it was just another day at the office Next was John Although John and Muzza had come up with the whole Scottish bridge bungee site John

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Bungee_Garry_Bridge/xsid/78 (2016-02-10)
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  • Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Bungy Crane Bath West Showground England This was to be my first bungy jump or is it bugee jump It was going to be from a crane at around 80 metres up There was an adventure and extreme sports festival taking place there and I was really buzzed up After being weighed in and tied up I had to sit and watch the other bungy jumpers before it was my turn When it came to my turn I couldn t get up there quick enough Once I got up I began to feel a little nervous The thought of

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Bungy_Crane/xsid/12 (2016-02-10)
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  • I realised that these people were well worth getting in touch with After contacting them I was informed about their next trip This jaunt was to go and jump out of a helicopter on a bungy cord at around 400 metres above the Bavarian countryside This sounded like a lot of fun and was exactly the sort of thing I was looking for Before meeting up with the other club members I wondered to myself what these people would be like I thought that they may be a bunch of anoraks who spoke only about the correct lengrh and wieght of bungy cords used in the past and things of that nature Instead they turned out to be a great bunch of people who were looking for a good time and if that included a bungy jump all the better As soon as I met them I knew that we were in for a good trip They were made up of first time bungee jumpers and others who were very experienced Some of them had made over 20 jumps whilst others were fully fledged sky divers and one guy was into swinging off cranes One of the jumpers was David Kirke A founder member of the Dangerous Sports Club and the first ever bungy jumper in the world outside of Vanuatu in the Pacific On April 1st 1979 a few guys from the Dangerous Sports Club based in and around Oxford University threw themselves off Cliffton Suspension Bridge in Bristol The jump and subsequent arrest of the jumpers made it onto international television and was watched all around the world This is apparantly where AJ Hackett got the idea of setting up his first commercial bungy jump site The helicopter site is run by Sports Unlimited in conjunction with AJ

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Bungy_Helicopter/xsid/13 (2016-02-10)
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  • 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Bungy Kawarau Bridge Queenstown New Zealand I had booked myself onto the AJ Hackett Thrillogy and this was to be the first jump of the day The Thrillogy comprises three bungy jumps These are the Karawau Bridge Bungy The Ledge Bungy and the Nevis Highwire Bungy Most people do these jumps over a period of a few days but we were due to leave Queenstown in the next day or two so I had to do them all on the one day The Kawarau Bridge Bungy is the first commercial bungy site in the world Located a few miles outside Queenstown it is set in a picturesque valley overlooking the Kawarau River At a height of 43 metres it was not the scariest bungy jump I have done but it certainly was a lot of fun As it was the middle of the New Zealand winter there were not many takers for a touchdown So someone had to do it Guess who The jumpmaster said that it was probably because I am Scottish and that we are a hardy bunch Either that or I was just

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