Blind adrenaline junkie doesn’t let his disability stop him from pushing the limits

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Dean Dunbar.  (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)
Dean Dunbar. (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

This man is without a doubt living life on the edge!

Dean Dunbar, a Scottish man who is blind, doesn’t let his disability define him or stop him from seeking the next adventure.

Since 1998, the 51-year-old has completed over 120 activities and challenges around the world, from sky diving to bungy jumping – and has set over 25 world firsts.

The thrill-seeker has had a couple of close shaves but is constantly looking for the next adventure.

“The sight loss certainly adds another element to any of the challenges I take on, but life would be boring without challenges,” Dean said.

“I did my tandem skydive for charity in the ’90s and the adrenaline rush was so intense, I needed to feel it again.

“Ever since then I have been looking for my next fix – I’m an adrenaline junkie and one hit is never enough!”

While Dean admits that he loves to push his boundaries, he has often wondered whether his disability has helped him conquer his fears.

“When someone with sight jumps off a cliff, they can see when they’re at the water whereas I don’t know until I splash. On most challenges, I have a sighted guide with me.

“Many have said I’m easier to lead as I follow instructions rather than hesitating if thrill-seeker danger can be seen. I also just get on with every task. I don’t waste time trying to see things and just go for it,” he said

Even though he may not be able to see everything, Dean said that he can still “hear and feel”.

He also admits very few companies would allow him to partake in activities in the “early days” but now that he has a lot of experience under his belt, companies are willing to take him on.

As thrilling as his adventures are, he has had a couple of narrow escapes.

“Once I was hydro-speeding which involves jumping into fast-flowing white water and being carried along at high speed while buoyed up by a float through white water.

Dean Dunbar
Dean Dunbar. (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

“And my wife Rhona said ‘turn, turn, turn’ as a tree was approaching but she didn’t say which way so I took a guess and ended up almost drowning. I was trapped under the water but I had to remain focused and calm to get myself out. It was a learning curve and now Rhona knows to say which way.”

Dean Dunbar.
Dean Dunbar. (Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).(Photo: ASIA WIRE/MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA).

Dean had five or six adventures planned for this year but due to Covid-19 all have been cancelled.

“I’ll have to make them bigger and better for the next year.

Sources: Magazine Features

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