Dean Dunbar is a registered blind adventurer from Blairgowrie. Over the past 20 years he has participated in over 100 activities and challenges around the world, ranging from adventure racing to bungee jumping out of a helicopter. During this time he set over 25 world firsts in a variety of extreme sports. (See extremedreams.co.uk). Blindness has not been an insurmountable obstacle in Dean’s life, in many ways it has opened the way to extraordinary opportunities. Outdoor activities are obviously more challenging and there are occasions when he is 100% reliant on his team members but with the skills and senses he has developed the tables are often turned.
Patrick Winterton is an adventurer and sports commentator from Oban, who first met Dean when they aimed to sea kayak to St Kilda in 2009. Unfortunately the weather was against them, so they spent that trip paddling around the Outer Hebrides.
Since then Patrick and Dean have worked together on several challenges, where Dean now understands that when Patrick says “just one more minute”, he may be working on a different time scale to the rest of us and ‘ nearly there’ means nothing of the sort!
In July 2017, St Kilda was back on, with Patrick in his sea kayak guiding Dean on the first ever paddleboard crossing. 70km over 2 days, including big waves, a very scary night on a rock, and the fulfilment of a 25 year dream for Dean!