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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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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 film blind climber Jesse Dufton on an ascent of Forked Lightning Crack at Heptonstall, his first E2. Jesse was born with a condition...

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

GB Paraclimbing Team member and star of the film 'Climbing Blind' Jesse Dufton recently led his first E2 with an ascent of Forked Lightning Crack at Heptonstall. Just two weeks later, Jesse climbed another E2 (Auricle) 'non-sight' - as...

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...

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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Montane Terra Pack Pants

With spring in the air and summer just around the corner, it might be time to start thinking about light, cool legwear. Martin McKenna has been wearing Terra Pack Pants since last summer (though he assures us he's taken them off occasionally to...

Montane X BMC Clothing line

Montane's X BMC range of climbing clothing balances casual comfort and technical cuts, making it equally suited to use at the wall or out on the crags. Made in collaboration with the BMC, 5% of all UK sales of the range will be donated to the Access & Conservation...

Comfy All-Day Rock Shoes

For beginners taking their first steps on the rock, or more experienced climbers looking for a foot-friendly rock shoe for long routes and lower-grade days, a flatter and more neutral model may be preferable to the toe-cramping asymmetry of a downturned...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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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 about their products that are hitting the market now and they've shown us their best new jackets, crag and casual clothing,...

New Footwear Spring/Summer '21

In the absence of any trade show this year, we've created our own. Normally, shows tend to focus on products hitting the market in 6 months to a year, but we've asked brands to talk about the new kit available now. In this first round up, we're showing off...

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...

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...

Montane x BMC Capsule Range

The British outdoor clothing specialist, Montane, has launched a complete capsule collection in partnership with the British...

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...

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...


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