In 2011, Steve Bate was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa; a degenerative eye-disease which will ultimately render him blind. 18 months after the life-changing news, and with just a 10% field of vision – akin to looking through a pin-hole – Steve became the first registered blind man to solo-climb one of the world’s tallest rock-walls, El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California.
Not content with just the one enormous victory, within a few months of returning from Yosemite, Steve thought his next seemingly insurmountable goal should be the 2016 Olympics; in a few weeks’ time, he’ll hear whether he’s been selected for GB’s tandem cycling team. Adventurer, climber, athlete, champion cyclist: Steve Bate is Off the Ropes!
In this episode, you will learn:
- How Steve came to terms with losing his eye-sight.
- Why he challenged himself to solo-climb one of the world’s tallest monoliths.
- How it feels to fall off a rock-face at 2000ft!
- How to sleep comfortably on a 3000ft rock.
- How climbing El Capitan changed his life.
- Why he challenged himself to compete at the 2016 Olympics.
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