Red Széll is a writer, broadcaster and adventurer who refuses to allow blindness to stand in his way.
A published author himself, he presents Read on a The UK’s only weekly radio show and podcast devoted to audiobooks.
In 2013 Red became the first blind person to climb the Old Man of Hoy (the tallest sea-stack in the Northern Hemisphere) – a feat that was captured by top-adventure cameraman Keith Partridge (Touching the Void, Bonington Mountaineer) in a BBC TV documentary. The following year Red completed a successful ascent of The Old Man of Stoer. However his attempt to complete the hat-trick of Tom Patey classic sea stacks by climbing Am Buachaille in 2015 was thwarted by adverse weather and sea conditions.
Instead he became the first blind person to complete the gruelling 100 mile South Downs Way on a tandem (the route takes in 11,000 feet of hill climbs and he and his sighted tandem partner hit speeds of up to 50mph on the downhill sections!) A keen year-round open water swimmer, he is also the first blind person to complete the Henley Mile and regularly takes part in wild swimming events around the UK.
The 2015 publication of The Blind Man of Hoy, Red’s account of meeting the nightmare of losing his sight, by finding camaraderie and purpose in outdoor challenges, led to a string of appearances at book festivals and a TED Talk. Since then Red has continued to work as a motivational speaker, talking about his experience of sight loss and encouraging others to focus on what they can achieve rather than seeing only what they have lost.
It’s a message he also promotes in his regular appearances on BBC Radio 4’s In Touch programme and in the wide-range of newspaper, magazine and blog articles he writes…when he’s not daydreaming about the sound of the waves breaking at the base of the next crag he plans to climb!
For more information visit RedSzell.com