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  • 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 Being Blind Doesn t Stop This Guy From Speedflying RIDE THE ELEMENTS with Ueli Kestenholz Ep 6 EPIC TV 4th March 2014 When a blind scottish adventure enthusiast who doesn t ski named Dean Dunbar asked Ueli Kestenholz if he could take him on a tandem speedflight Ueli thought long and hard about it At the very least speedflying requires people to ski in a straight line at certain speeds during take offs and landings The ability to see and ski are both prerequisites for this generally But in the end Ueli couldn t resist the challenge He attached two

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  • 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

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  • 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 PURE BLIND COURAGE By Craig McQueen Daily Record 24th February 2014 DEAN Dunbar 46 from Perthshire travelled to Lauchernalp in Switzerland last month to try his hand at new sport speed riding BLIND daredevil Dean Dunbar has completed his latest extreme challenge hurtling down the side of a mountain wearing skis and a parachute The 46 year old from Perthshire was initially knocked back when he approached Swiss speed riding pioneer Ueli Kestenholz The relatively new sport is similar to paragliding but the idea is to go as fast as possible while sticking close to the mountain Dean said I asked Ueli if speed riding could be done tandem but he said it wasn t an option as I was blind and couldn t ski which sounded fair enough But then he came up with the solution of using snowboard bindings on powder skis which are slightly wider That way we could use the same set of skis When he got back to me and asked if I would be up for it I said What time do you want me at your door Dean and his GP wife Rhona 44 travelled from Blairgowrie to Lauchernalp in Switzerland for the challenge last month He said On the first flight Ueli asked if I could tell how close we were to the

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  • Jet Boat Jungle Trekking Ecuador Kayak Slide Microlight 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 Episode 13 of the Blind Sport Podcast Extreme Sports Interviewed by Mike Lloyd February 2014 In episode 13 I chat to Dean Dunbar from Scotland about his experiences of participating in a wide range of extreme sports including WingWalking Aquasailing Sea Kayak

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  • the next one he says He has also set several world records He was the first registered blind person to bungee jump from a helicopter and the first to be thrown by the Dangerous Sports Club s Human Catapult In 2012 he became the first person in the world to swim the UK s highest loch Loch Etchachan After such massive achievements this year Dean has tried to take things a little easier This year has actually been a quiet year because I promised my wife I d sit back a bit and let her conquer some of her own activities She s involved in a lot of the adventure stuff I do helping me on the safety boat in swimming events getting me to places and things like that So she s recently done a few triathlons and I ve just relaxed a bit says Dean But you can never take the adventure from an adrenaline junkie for too long The average person s idea of a quiet year wasn t mine though I ve still done a few events here and there For instance I did a kayak race a microlight flight and stuff like that A lot of people look at me and say that s not a quiet year at all he laughs So Much Adventure comes with a Challenge Of course being registered blind does make completing extreme activities a lot more challenging We always make sure we have a safety mechanism in place which varies depending on the activity With my swimming events I often needed a guide in the water who swims in front of me wearing a pair of bright yellow socks Although Dean is registered blind he still has some sight He relies on peripheral vision because the central part of his vision has now gone Dean needs to take extra precautions to ensure his safety while he s getting his adrenalin fixes If I m out mountain biking with my wife she ll be in front of me and I ll watch her back wheel so she has to make sure her wheels are in line at all times he says He stresses the importance of safety in numbers when it comes to adventure sports I generally do sea kayaking in a two man kayak because it s safer that way rather than me paddling off into the distance on my own I don t do any activity alone I ll always have a guide of some sort with me When I go canyoning someone will walk me to the edge and tell me Look at 12 o clock now leap forward and you re going to drop 50 feet into the water Dean completed a daredevil canyoning challenge in Spain which had defeated some of his sighted peers The high thrills activity involved abseiling jumping and sliding to reach the bottom of a canyon The month before we completed the Sa Fosca canyon there had been a lot of

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  • These days they re a lot more willing to give my ideas a go Once they see my website and that I ve done a lot of these other activities they re usually willing to work with me Do you have to overcome a lot of fear I don t think I m intelligent enough to recognize fear Too thick headed I guess I m usually not nervous until 30 seconds before whatever it is I m about to do At that point it s too late I also try to use the best people I can find in the business If things are going to go wrong they re going to go wrong and there s nothing I can do about that But I prepare What was the most dangerous moment you ve had The most potentially dangerous situation was when I was whitewater sledging in New Zealand After that I almost decided it was time to go back to knitting basket weaving doing what normal people do The trip had been going well and I was the only customer with the guides that day The whole trip they d been telling me that I had three waterfalls to go over They explained to me that there was a fork in the middle of the river with a tree on it If I went right of the tree I was fine and dandy and if I went left of the tree I d go down a waterfall that had three sides and I would probably drown They asked me can you see the tree stay right of it I said of course I can t see the tree So they sent the trainee over to the tree to wave his bright yellow sledge in the air I still couldn t see that So at that point they said all we can tell you is that if you go left of what you can t see you re going to drown If you go right of what you can t see you ll be fine the decision s yours At that time I d done ten or 12 activities and I thought that s not bad for a blind guy maybe it s time to give it up So I sat by the river for a bit and listened to the water I thought what the hell in for a penny in for a pound And it all worked Was that more dangerous than running the highest commercially run waterfall It was the same trip That was the seven meter waterfall at the end of the trip called Kaituna Waterfall Most people go over it in a big whitewater raft with six or seven people in it I went over it on basically a bodyboard on steroids It was great to be a part of but it was over too quick I have to be very focused on listening to what people tell me what to do There s a

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  • one man s blindness did nothing to hinder his adventurous spirit Dean Dunbar is not the sort of man to settle for an ordinary life Deano as he is popularly known began losing his sight at the age of 9 through a rare condition called Rod Cone Dystrophy By the age of 27 the Scotsman was legally blind In his own words he says I had two choices I sit at home and moan a lot or I get out there and do something Guess which I chose Since 1998 when he did his first tandem skydive Deano has been an active fervent extreme sports junkie participating in all sorts of adventures around the world In this exclusive interview Deano talks about milestones set during his extreme sports endeavours and what else he s got planned on the extreme roster What has been the highlight of your many years as an extreme sports buff I have participated in almost 60 adventure and extreme sports challenges over the years so picking just one highlight is almost impossible I have set several world firsts including being the first person to abseil the UK s highest waterfall and my wife Rhona and I were the first people to hydrospeed the entire length of Scotland s longest river the River Tay I ve also set blind firsts including power boating helicopter bungee jumping human catapult etc However my most recent high was that on the 4th of August this year I became the first person in the world to swim the full freezing cold length of the UK s highest lake Loch Etchachan in Scotland Do you normally participate in extreme sports by yourself or with a companion I always do my activities with at least one other person A lot of the time my companion guide has been my wife Although some of the more adventurous or dangerous activities have required that I need a professional in that discipline to join me e g aquaseiling the UK s highest waterfall needed 2 professional canyoneers to accompany me and for swimming the mighty Corryvreckan Gulf I needed a full water borne support team to ensure I was out of the water before the whirlpool kicked off What are the challenges you face as a blind extreme sports enthusiast Depending on the activity I am taking on the challenges will vary The most common one is direction I have recently been doing a lot of open water swimming Without Rhona being alongside in a boat I could swim in circles for hours without getting anywhere A couple of years ago I was mountain biking with Rhona I had been following her along a very straight path for a couple of miles when we stopped for a break I asked Rhona if I could lead the next short bit as it had been so straight I would be fine Within 20 metres of leading the way the path took a sharp turn left I didn t

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  • training in Cyprus in March to prepare for a Channel swim this month had to abandon the challenge at the qualifying stage owing to serious body heat loss The 43 year old swimmer who has suffered from what is known as Rod and Cone Dystrophy which means he has some peripheral vision but cannot make out details visited Paphos with his wife and support Rona for intensive training Dunbar chose the waters around Paphos as the temperatures were similar to those of the Channel in August The local training was part of specialised swimming training in Scotland which started in 2010 and culminated in practice around the south English coast this spring I m afraid it seems that I m a bit of a cold water wimp Unfortunately the Channel is not as warm as I had hoped After Cyprus I spent seven days in Jersey and then 10 days in Devon but the water temperature never went above 13 degrees Celsius On one particularly cold swim I lost 3 4 degrees in my body core temperature This took me down to 33 3 degrees which is classed as thermoregulation and that was after just 15 minutes in the water Dunbar told The Cyprus Weekly from Scotland The qualifying swim is six hours long and I wasn t getting anywhere near it My longest swim was just over 2 hours Part of the problem was weight Dunbar explained I couldn t gain the weight required I had hoped to put on at least 1 to 1 5 stone but was only able to gain a few pounds Every time I gained a good bit of weight I then burned it off in my training The shortest point across the Channel is 34 kms Dunbar had expected to be in the water for 15 to 18 hours Determined to be seen for himself rather than his blindness Dunbar s adventures include bungee jumping from a helicopter white water sledging the world s highest commercially run waterfall being thrown by the Dangerous Sports Club s Human Catapult participating in the gruelling five day Hebridean Challenge adventure race and setting a time record around the Isle of Wight in a Thundercat power boat These are just a handful of extreme sports tasks he has taken on over the years usually in order to raise money for needy causes which usually included charities which help those with impaired sight However Dunbar bounced back from having to opt out of the Channel swim Last Saturday he became the first person to swim the highest and coldest loch in the UK Loch Etchachan covering the 900 metre length in 15 minutes He also biked and hiked 15 km to reach the loch and after the swim Saying that I am a cold water wimp isn t totally true as the swim I did on Saturday was much colder than the Channel Now the Channel is 16 to 20 degrees Celsius while the loch is 8 to

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