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Jesse Dufton


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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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News 2021 - A Year of Climbing News

The second year of the pandemic was another strange one. The year began with another lockdown in the UK; climbing walls were shut and advice was to stay local - another tough time for anyone who loves the outdoors. But there were some p...

News Six Medals at IFSC World Championships for GB Paraclimbing Team

The GB Paraclimbing Team's intense two years of training reached its culmination last week at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships in Moscow, Russia, where they came away with six medals.  Silver medallist Lea Volpe...

News Blind Climber Jesse Dufton 'Non-sights' E3

Jesse Dufton has onsighted his first E3, Internationale at Kilt Rock on the Isle of Skye. It was the first time the blind climber had ever attempted a route of the grade. 

Fri Night Vid Blind climber Jesse Dufton climbs Forked Lightning Crack (E2 5c), Heptonstall

In this week's Friday Night Video, Alastair Lee teams up once again to...

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

GB Paraclimbing Team member and star of the film '

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...

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...


Latest Reviews for Jesse's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Montane Alpine Resolve

While the Alpine Resolve is Montane's current top of the range shell for alpine climbing and winter mountaineering, it wouldn't be overkill for foul weather hillwalking too. It's not cheap, but compared to some of the competition it represents ...

Montane Spine Jacket

Protective enough to cope with harsh weather, yet sufficiently light and breathable to be comfy when running, Montane's Spine Jacket - named after the brutal ultra race along the Pennine Way - strikes a really difficult balance, making this a great shell for running....

Boreal Crux and Crux Lace (Men's and Women's)

If you're seeking a single rock shoe to do a bit of everything, and which offers comfort without making major compromises on performance, then the Crux series would be well worth a look, say Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr. 

DMM Spire and Spire Tech axes

Light yet solid; simple but effective - DMM's new Spire walking axe and Spire Tech mountaineering axe may not win awards for...

Boreal Beta and Beta Eco - Men's and Women's

Aimed at indoor beginners, the Beta and Beta Eco offer a forgiving and comfortable fit for climbing shoe first...

Mountain Shells Around £200

Can you pick up a decent shell for only around £200? We think so! While top-end technical waterproof jackets cost big money,...

Montane's Winter VIA Trail Running Collection

"I've spent much of the last year wearing various items from Montane's VIA Trail Running collection, and have...


Latest News from Jesse's Sponsors

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Montane Continues Partnership with the Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra

Montane, the British outdoor clothing specialist, has once again been named as headline sponsor of this year's Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra, a gruelling 55-mile circular route that takes in some of the largest hills in the border region, i...

Forging Ahead: Celebrating 40 years of DMM

Innovative, made in Wales, premium quality, and a little off the wall are all words that get mentioned when DMM comes up in conversation. For 40 years we've proudly manufactured lifesaving climbing and working at height equipment at our...

New Clothing Autumn / Winter 2021

We have spent the last couple of months catching up with brands up and down the country and checking out their quality new clobber. Below is a roundup of the most eye-catching new clothing.

Beta Eco

Beta Eco is constructed using recycled materials wherever possible in an effort to lead the way for environmentally sustainable climbing...

BOREAL Crux performance climbing shoe

The new BOREAL Crux is a stunning technical all-rounder for those who want high level performance with more...

New Climbing Gear Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight gear round-ups is climbing gear. We've chatted with brands about the...

New Clothing Spring / Summer '21

Next up in our Spotlight Trade Show is the clothing category. Once again, we've asked brands to tell us...


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