Blind Rapids

October 20, 2014

Adventurer Erik Weihenmayer (SI, April 23, 2001) first heard of Lonnie Bedwell, a blind Navy veteran, after Bedwell kayaked a 225-mile stretch of the Colorado River last year. Weihenmayer, 46, who is also blind, immediately invited Bedwell, 49, to join him on a journey navigating an even longer stretch of the Colorado, through the Grand Canyon, including Lava Falls Rapid, considered the most difficult section. On Sept. 27 the duo—and a team of guides—completed their 21-day, 277-mile descent, part of their shared commitment to transcend limitations and lead what they call a No Barriers life. "We want people to understand that this is as much about them as it is about a couple of blind guys," says Weihenmayer (above, right), who hopes their journey inspires everyone to take their own pledge to pursue challenges of all kinds. Sign up at kayakingblind.org

PHOTOJAMES Q. MARTIN (BEDWELL AND WEIHENMAYER)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)