CHOOSING TO SEE

Everest & Lhotse 2023


Our mission is to inspire and serve disabled veterans through project-based adventures. In 2022 we accomplished our mission by taking Lonnie Bedwell, a blind US Veteran, to the top of Mt. Denali along with the 6-man Sightless Summits climbing team.

In 2023, we will accomplish our mission again by leading and supporting Lonnie Bedwell and Shawn Cheshire, both blinded veterans and adaptive athletes, to the top of the world's highest peaks!

"There is life out there and you've got to go live it!
-Lonnie Bedwell

The Sightless Summits Team

Project Everest & Lhotse 2023

Lonnie Bedwell

Blind Military Veteran. Extreme Adventure Athlete. Motivational Speaker. Author. He was critically injured during 1997 in a hunting accident that instantly took his sight. Nevertheless, he raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them all to hunt and fish — and, against all odds, to drive. Lonnie has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world and is best known for having completed the first blind descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, summited several of North America’s highest mountains, rock climbs, and more.

Michael Neal

An avid outdoor enthusiast. Michael retired in his early 40’s after selling his businesses. After retirement he went to law school and passed the Oregon bar as a mental challenge. His mountaineering achievements include every major peak in the Pacific Northwest, Mt Whitney, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Ama Dablam and Everest. He has rock climbed El Capitan and other big walls multiple times (often solo). Michael is a devoted husband of 30 years, father of four thriving children, and grandfather of four perfect grandsons.

Bryan Hill

Physical therapist and adventure seeker based in Santa Cruz, CA, Bryan specializes in long distance athletic events. He won the solo division of an 80-mile paddle board race, Crossing for Cystic Fibrosis, in 2019 and the 4-man relay division in 2018. Bryan’s new love for mountaineering began in 2017, and he has since summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta along the US West Coast as well as Lobuche and Pokalde in the Himalayas. His other hobbies include mountain biking, ski mountaineering, climbing, photography, and surfing or paddle boarding. Trained as a physical therapist and with a natural talent for teaching, Bryan seeks out opportunities to facilitate adventures for athletes.

Shawn Chesire

Blind US Army Veteran, Mother, Extreme Adventure Athlete, She is a 13-time US National Champion in Paralympic cycling. Some of her most amazing achievements include being the first blind woman to hike the double crossing of the Grand Canyon, the first blind person to ride a single road bike across the United States, and the "Tour the Divide," a 2,700-mile, single mountain bike race from Banff, Canada to New Mexico

Why Everest & Lhotse?

•First blind woman to summit Everest.
•Fourth blind man to summit Everest.
•First blind man & woman to summit Everest & Lhotse
(Lhotse is the world’s 4th tallest mountain near Everest).
•First to accomplish the True Sea to Summit Challenge
(peddle, walk, and climb from sea level to the summit of Everest). 

Our Partners

From Brian Hill's Channel

From Google Maps Youtube Channel

From Lonnies Youtube Channel

From REI Youtube Channel

From ROI Films

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