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The Holman Prize – Latest
Completing the Treble
On 22nd June, I undertook a successful ascent of Am Buachaille, the ‘most extreme of the big three Scottish sea stacks’ and became the first blind person to complete the trio: The Old Man of Hoy (2013), The Old Man of Stoer (2014), and Am Buachaille (2019).
No one does these things alone. This latest adventure could not have succeeded without the support of my climbing (and tandem-ing and swimming) partner, Matthew Wootliff, who believes nothing is impossible.
And Nick Carter of Alpha Mountaineering, the calmest Mountaineering Instructor in the business, who kept us safe and well-fed throughout the expedition.
We were joined by film-maker and award-winning adventure cameraman Keith Partridge, who is now putting the finishing touches to a short documentary film about the expedition. Titled ‘Shared Vision’, it is due for release in October. You can watch the trailer below.
In the meantime, you can read about the climb in Fiona Russell’s article for UKC.
I am extremely grateful to my sponsors for their vision in helping me show that blindness should be no barrier to adventure:
- The Holman Prize team at San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind, who gave me the wherewithal and encouragement to follow the example of James Holman ‘The Blind Traveller’.
- Arc’teryx, Above|Below, VauxWall, and The Castle Climbing Centre who between them made sure we had the best equipment and training for a successful expedition.
- Isokinetic Sports Injury Clinic, who ensured my full recovery when I got injured – and improved my balance!
Along with my family and friends, you have all helped me focus on what I can achieve rather than what I’ve lost – thank you!
For more information about The Holman Prize visit: http://holman.lighthouse-sf.org
Radio News – Latest
Read On is RNIB Connect Radio’s weekly show for book lovers everywhere. Hosted by me, it’s a blend of book news, reviews and author interviews.
Recent highlights include interviews with the 2018 Costa Award category winners, including Stuart Turton (‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’); our Christmas Special with Nigella Lawson; an exclusive chat with Sir Derek Jacobi on his 80th birthday; and conversations with Mark Billingham, Anthony Horowitz, Alexander McCall Smith, Dame Judy Dench, Dame Penelope Lively, Philip Pullman, Samuel West, Cara Hunter, The Guilty Feminist Deborah Francis White, YA author Candy Gourlay, and many, many others.
And, hot off the press… don’t miss exclusive forthcoming interviews with Lee Child, Joanne Ramos, and Dame Stella Rimington!
The show is broadcast every Friday at 1pm.
Simply tune into RNIB Connect Radio online, on Freeview Channel 730, or by downloading the podcast from your favourite provider including iTunes, Spotify, or AudioBoom.
I am also a regular contributor to Radio 4, most recently for Annalisa is Awkward, as well as frequent appearances on In Touch both as a talking head on round table discussions and with my ‘Seeing Red’ point of view pieces on life as a blind person.
To access all the features I have recorded for In Touch, including why Aussie cricketer Shane Warne made me see red and my feature about giving back a guide dog that was included in Radio 4’s Pick of the Year 2017, click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?filter=programmes&q=red+szell