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Jesse Dufton


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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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Jesse is a member of the GB Paraclimbing Team in the Visually Impaired category, B1. He is a skilled and experienced climber across all disciplines despite his disability.

Jesse suffers from Rod-Cone Dystrophy, a genetic condition leading to damage to the light sensitive area in the eyes. Consequently it is not corrected by wearing glasses and has affected him since birth. The condition is degenerative, he was born with approximately 20% of central vision (no peripheral vision) with large blind spots, the quality of the image he could see was extremely poor and he was totally blind in low light conditions. Jesses vision has deteriorated to a point now where he can’t make out any image or text anymore and is down to only having light perception. As a result of his eyesight he is now no longer able to read and consequently uses text-to-speech software in order to use a computer and to work.

Despite his extremely poor eyesight, Jesse is a keen climber and mountaineer, starting at a young age and rarely turning down an opportunity, he is experienced in all climbing disciplines. He feels his way up routes and is assisted by Molly, his trusty partner, route reader and sight guide.

It was only in September 2017, that Jesse and Molly first heard about Paraclimbing as a competitive sport and 3 days later they found themselves booked into an Air B&B in Edinburgh, preparing for their first competition. Gaining a podium position here was incredible. Following further great performances in the 4 national Paraclimbing competitions late 2017, Jesse was selected to represent the GB Paraclimbing Team at a selection event in Sheffield in Feb 2018. An amazing achievement! This is when the hard training began…

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Forked Lightning Crack.  © Molly Dufton

Interview Jesse Dufton of Climbing Blind on 'Non-Sighting' E2

GB Paraclimbing Team member and star of the film 'Climbing Blind' Jesse Dufton re...

A spectacular angle near the top of the Old Man of Hoy  © Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour
A spectacular angle near the top of the Old Man of Hoy  © Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour

News Climbing Blind on BBC Four at 9pm

Alastair Lee's award-winning film Climbing Blind is to be broadcast on BBC Four tonight at 9pm. The film follows Jesse Dufton who was born with 20% central vision and diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at the age of 4. Jesse is a lifelong climber and spends...

Jesse Dufton leading the Old Man of Hoy  © Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour
Jesse Dufton leading the Old Man of Hoy  © Alastair Lee/Brit Rock Film Tour

News Blind Climber Jesse Dufton leads the Old Man of Hoy

GB Para climber Jesse Dufton has led the Old Man of Hoy – an extraordinary feat considering he is blind. Jesse led all six pitches of the classic East Face Route (E1 5b), placing his own gear and described it as 'the most adventurous hard...


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The Prism Ultra Pull-On  © UKC Gear

Montane Prism Ultra Pull-On

Whether worn as a midlayer or an outer, on the move or at the belay, this lightweight insulated smock is an excellent, packable companion to have on hand for all sorts of activities where only moderate warmth is needed, says John McKenna.

Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear
Storm Francis putting both the author and the Podium Pull-On through their paces  © UKC Gear

Montane Podium Pull-On

Weighing just 100g (size Medium) the Podium really is light, says Rob Greenwood, with a minimalist pack size that will likely take up less room than your sandwiches. But this is a bit more than a just-in-case shell, and it'll appeal to hillwalkers as well as runners.

Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood
Boreal Drom montage  © Rob Greenwood

Boreal Drom

It's a weighty workhorse rather than a lightweight thoroughbred, says Rob Greenwood, but as a result the Drom is one of the sturdiest and most supportive approach/walking shoes out there. If you want boot-like edging ability, they'll be right up your street. 

Ace montage  © UKC Gear
Ace montage  © UKC Gear

Boreal Ace

In a market saturated with soft downturned rock shoes, the stiff and supportive Ace will be a breath of fresh air for trad climbers, says Rob...

Montane Protium Pull-on pre lockdown in a wet Chee Dale  © Hannah James-Louwerse
Montane Protium Pull-on pre lockdown in a wet Chee Dale  © Hannah James-Louwerse

Montane Protium Pull-on

Good for both walking and climbing, Alan James gets on well with this snug and pleasingly simple fleecy top.

The mesh padding is nice and airy for warmer days  © Dan Bailey
The mesh padding is nice and airy for warmer days  © Dan Bailey

Montane Trailblazer 3 Waist Pack

Striking a useful balance of size, features and capacity, the Trailblazer 3 is a handy little waist pack that seems well...

Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear
Bombproof shells group test  © UKC Gear

Bombproof Winter Mountain Shells

What's the ideal shell for Scottish winter climbing and gnarly hill walks? A beefy and protective one! Here we review tough...


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Apex 8000 logo  © Montane

Montane Apex 8000 Down Suit, Jacket and Salopettes

Montane, the global outdoor brand known for its innovative, breathable clothing for extreme environments, has developed a two-piece expedition specific down jacket and salopettes named Apex 8000, offering unsurpassed functionality for u...

Podium Pull-On  © Montane
Podium Pull-On  © Montane

Montane Unisex Podium Waterproof Pull-On Jacket

Designed for fast and light runners for whom kit weight and packability is paramount, the Podium Pull-On uses one of the lightest weight waterproof and breathable fabrics available. Perfect as a reliable emergency waterproof shell which...

Montane x BMC Capsule Range

The British outdoor clothing specialist, Montane, has launched a complete capsule collection in partnership with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), donating 5% of all UK sales to the Moors For The Future project helping to support the restoration of...

BOREAL Ace and Ballet

The BOREAL Ace and Ballet are modern takes on classic models. The Ace is the ideal routes shoe, with a precise fit and superb edging...

Beta Graphite  © Boreal
Beta Graphite  © Boreal

The all new BOREAL Beta and Beta Women's

A new shoe aimed at intermediate climbers who spend most of their time climbing indoors, Beta will help you...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Footwear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Shoes and Footwear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the...


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