Five Years Ago!
It was a cold, sunny Saturday almost exactly five years ago — March 10, 2012 — when, with the Mighty Quinn leading the way, Randy summited Cannon Mountain and reached his goal of climbing all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot peaks in a single winter season. Behind him were a gruelling Presidential Traverse, an epic season of hiking, minor surgery and, of course, 47 peaks. Ahead were hot chocolate and celebration with a cheering crew of friends at the mountain’s tram-top restaurant.
But most important to Randy, and to that entire season of hiking, was what was around him: A team of hikers, friends and former strangers who grew as guides to him and ambassadors for his message of ability awareness. And, of course Quinn, whose partnership was essential to achieving this goal.
Strong teams pursuing goals — even crazy, seemingly impossible ones like a blind man climbing 48 very tall mountains in one brutal winter — are at the core of the work of 2020 Vision Quest. It’s exemplified in our partnerships with the organizations we fund, in the support squad that has helped Randy share his message with more than 50,000 school children, in the robust teamwork between a dog guide like Quinn or Autumn and Randy. And whether you attend a talk, make a donation, guide a hike or simply draw inspiration to achieve a vision beyond your sight, you are part of the 2020 Vision Quest team as well.
Four More Feet, a documentary by Dina Sutin about Randy’s quest for the “winter 48,” is now accessible to the blind as a free audio download.