BLIND TO FAILURE: The story of Team 2020's attempt on Mt. Washington, July 4 weekend, 2010

About the film

A camera crew joined Team 2020 during their Mt. Washington hike over the July 4 weekend of 2010 – 2020 Vision Quest's first official hike. In addition to giving insight into the reasons why Randy Pierce is so motivated to achieve his goal, it also provides a vivid account of what happened during the hike: the joys and frustrations, the camaraderie, and a remarkable skill at dealing with challenge.

Mt. Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States, and is renowned for its savage climate. Just days before the July 4 hike, snow was falling on the peak. It is a dangerous trek, even for a sighted climber: just days after the Team 2020 hike, a climber was swept to his death during a river crossing.

About the filmmaker

Picture of the film's creator, Kat Alix-Gaudreau Kat Alix-Gaudreau is a film and video producer working in the Greater Boston area. She attended UMASS Amherst and earned a Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. Kat is also a graduate of Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, where she focused on producing, directing and editing.

In 2004, Kat founded Sneaky Camel Productions and produced twelve short films, both independently and in partnership with other groups. Her third picture "Bloody Mary," screened at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival in 2005. In 2008, she began working as the Production Coordinator for Iguana Films in Boston, MA, and has helped bring several one-hour documentaries to completion for PBS National Broadcast.

In 2010, Kat founded Shoot the Moon Productions, and began as the documentarian for 2020 Vision Quest. Kat captures her experience of hiking and filming with Team 2020 on her blog at