"EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT STARTS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY"
2014: GRAND CANYON RIM TO RIM TO RIM
Dan Berlin knew walking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim and back to the starting point was going to be tough. He is virtually blind and every step is a potential pitfall, which is why he realized the only way he could do this was with friends. Barry Petersen reports.
On October 7-8, 2014, Dan Berlin, with help from his guides, became the first blind runner to cross the Grand Canyon “rim to rim to rim” (R2R2R) nonstop.
2015: INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICHU
When blind athlete Dan Berlin and his three guides (Alison Qualter Berna, Charles Scott and Brad Graff) decided to run the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in a single day, many people who were familiar with the trail told them it would be impossible – that the altitude, terrain and distance combined would make the task insurmountable.
But with the assistance of Intrepid Travel guide Elyas, Team See Possibilities made it to the Sun Gate just before the cut-off time to carry on to Machu Picchu, and finished their astonishing achievement in 13 hours, making Dan Berlin the first ever blind athlete to complete the entire 26 miles of the Inca Trail in a single day.
This video shows footage from the days leading up to the team’s historic trek up the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu. On the 14th October 2015, blind athlete Dan Berlin and his support team - Charles, Alison and Brad, will attempt to complete the entire Inca Trail in a single day, supported by Intrepid Travel on the ground in Peru and along the Inca Trail itself. Intrepid Travel caught up with the team at their pre-race briefing two days before the challenge to find out how they are feeling.