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

Lonnie, a US Navy veteran, lost his eyesight 20+ years ago. He has since learned to kayak, rock climb and mountaineer. He now wants to accomplish what few have ever done. Climb Denali and Mt Everest - Completely Blind!

Donations are made through the Blinded Veterans Association and are tax deductible

Project Denali Blind!

Support Lonnie Bedwell, a blind adventurer, and his team climb North America’s tallest, most prominent, and most remote mountain in preparation for their epic Mt Everest attempt in the spring of 2023.

How Can You Help?

Follow along Lonnie's summit to Mt. Denali and cheer him on through our Instagram @sightlesssummits.
Donate Now to help Lonnie get to Everest 2023!


As a US military veteran, Lonnie is on a fixed income and relies on financial support for his challenges. All help is appreciated.

Who is Lonnie Bedwell?

Blind Military Veteran. Extreme Adventure Athlete. Motivational Speaker. Author.

Lonnie’s mission is to motivate and inspire others to embrace life with confidence and courage. He accomplishes this by the way he lives his life and sharing his story with others. He’s an advocate for many including the blind and our military veterans, and is living proof that we can define ourselves on our own terms.

The Sightless Summits Founders

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.

Our Donors

The mission of Choosing to See is to build public awareness and create connections between the sighted and visually impaired communities by providing assistance, opportunities and encouragement to the blind while inspiring and educating the sighted.


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