The Brit Rock Film Tour has a well-deserved reputation as being the sounding board for all the best new climbing films from the UK’s top adventure filmmakers, featuring some of the country’s most popular climbers. Montane have teamed-up with Brit Rock to sponsor this years' tour, building its pedigree by also supporting the headline film - part of a stunning line up of compelling stories from the vertical world.
The climbing film set for as big an impact as its story is a 60 minute documentary directed and produced by Alastair Lee, in association with Montane. Jesse Dufton was born with 20% central vision. At four years of age, Jesse was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa: a rare genetic disease that breaks down the retinas’ cells. At age 20, Jesse could no longer read, by the time he was 30 his vision was reduced to just light perception with around 1 or 2 % field of view.
A life long climber, Jesse can more than hold his own, both lead-climbing classic routes that would challenge fully sighted climbers with his sight guide and fiancee Molly, to competing in world cup events (4th in 2019). As his sight degenerates his climbing continues to make remarkable progress.
Despite his condition, Jesse only takes on bigger challenges and in "Climbing Blind" attempts to be the first blind person to make a ‘non-sight’ lead of the iconic Old Man of Hoy sea stack in Scotland.
Watch the trailer for "Climbing Blind" and buy the film here.