Climbing Blind

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Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. At four years of age he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells.

At aged 20 Jesse could no longer read, and by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2 % field of view.

As a life long climber, Jesse flies in the face of adversity, training for world cup events and leading traditional rock climbs, along with his sight guide and
fiancée Molly.

As his sight degenerates Jesse’s climbing continues to make remarkable progress, and despite his devastating condition he only takes on bigger challenges. This film follows him as he attempts to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.


Directed/Written/Produced/Cinematography/Edited by: Alastair Lee
Cast: Jesse Dufton, Neil Gresham, Leo Houlding, Alastair Lee, Molly Thompson
Music by: Oliver Michael


Running Time: 82 min
Certificate: TBC
Format: Check with distributor
Language: English


Date: March 20 2020




  • Winner Grand Prize Kendal Mountain Festival 2019
  • Winner Best Mountain Sports Film Torello Mountain Film Festival 2019
  • Winner Best Climbing Film Krakow Mountain Film Festival 2019
  • Winner Best Climbing Film Mendi Mountain Film Festival 2019

Booking Contact: Jonny Tull phone: 07905 862 012, email