BILL IRWIN, FIRST BLIND HIKER TO HIKE THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, IS NO LONGER WITH US

I read Bill Irwin's book during my 1994 thru-hike – very inspiring.  He was the first blind hiker to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and did it with the assistance of his dog Orient.  Sad to hear that he has passed over the weekend:

“Bill Irwin, who in 1990 became the first and only blind person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail without human assistance or companionship, died Saturday morning.”

More at this link from the Salisbury Post… 

And a video story on You Tube…


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