Alone and blind at 29,000 feet!
Former Navy rescue swimmer Brian Dickinson was roughly 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Everest—also known as “the death zone”—when his Sherpa became ill and had to turn back, leaving Brian with a difficult decision: should he continue to push for the summit, or head back down the mountain? After carefully weighing the options, Brian decided to continue toward the summit—alone. Four hours later, Brian solo summited the highest peak in the world. But the celebration was short-lived. After taking a few pictures, Brian radioed his team to let them know he had summited safely, and got ready to begin his descent. Suddenly, his vision became blurry, his eyes started to burn, and within seconds, he was rendered almost completely blind. All alone at 29,035 feet, low on oxygen, and stricken with snow blindness, Brian was forced to inch his way back down the mountain relying only on his Navy survival training, his gut instinct, and his faith. In Blind Descent, Brian recounts—in fantastic detail—his extraordinary experience on Everest, demonstrating that no matter how dire our circumstances, there is no challenge too big for God.
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ABOUT BRIAN DICKINSON
As a survival expert and former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer, Brian Dickinson, delivers one of the most powerful experiences you will ever hear. His story exemplifies what it takes to face adversity and overcome impossible obstacles, leaving audiences inspired to conquer their greatest fears.
In 2011, Brian soloed the summit of Mount Everest, but then went completely snowblind on the descent. Hand over hand he made his way down blind and alone. What should have taken 3 hours to reach high camp, ended up taking him 7 hours. Brian took a major fall down the south summit and eventually ran out of supplemental oxygen, but through determined faith and focus he survived.
Brian’s experience has been shared across the world. He’s been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Anderson Cooper, GMA, Success Magazine, Huffington Post and countless other news agencies. Several reenactments have been filmed, including CBN, NBC and the Weather Channel. Brian’s survival story is also due to release in an upcoming movie series produced by KingdomWorks Studios.
Brian authored the book, Blind Descent, published by Tyndale House Publishers, which recounts his story on Everest. Blind Descent has been on the Amazon best sellers list multiple times and continues to be one of the top selling Everest survival books.
Read more about Brian: Brian Dickinson’s Website
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Brian, what an amazing person you are to attempt such a feat blind–and newly blind with no training in functioning blind. But then your whole life is one exciting adventure, which is so admirable. I admire you giving God some credit as well and that alone is so inspiring to others with their own ‘mountains’ to climb in other areas of life. I hope to see the movie made from your experience and read the book. Listening to you has made my own ‘mountains’ seem surmountable.
I agree, Micki!