A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

Tag: challenges

19 Jan
2013
“I’d rather be dead than blind…”

By Randy Pierce “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it” Helen Keller While the much more

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27 Oct
2012
The Scary Realities of Vision Loss

By Randy Pierce Imagine reaching for the light switch in total darkness on an eerie Halloween evening You flip the switch and nothing

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20 Oct
2012
A Season of Summits!

By Randy Pierce Reflecting upon the incredible highlights of our 2012 hiking season for 2020 Vision Quest, I am overwhelmed with the

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06 Oct
2012
A Kidney for Maria: Facebook Made a Difference, Will You?

By Randy Pierce When faced with his wife’s desperate need for a kidney, Bill Flannery created the Facebook page, “A Kidney for

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08 Sep
2012
Discrimination Still Exists–And Still Hurts

By Randy Pierce Most of us at one time or another have probably been excluded from a conversation, activity, or opportunity It invariably

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11 Aug
2012
The Marvel of “Four More Feet”

By Randy Pierce This past winter, I set out to summit all 48 of New Hampshire’s peaks over 4,000 feet high in just one single winter

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07 Jul
2012
Patriotic Pup Does “Just a 5K”

By Randy Pierce Quinn and I hoisted the harness to run the July 3 “Finish at the 50” road race I always appreciate and am in awe at

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23 Jun
2012
DVS: Closed Captioned for the Blind?

By Randy Pierce Watching television or a movie is often a frustrating experience when you can’t see what’s on the screen There is a

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17 Jun
2012
Did You Mean It?

By Randy Pierce “A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French writer (1900 - 1944 Detailed Biography) Have

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09 Jun
2012
You Inspire Me!

By Randy Pierce On May 31, I had walked roughly 54 miles in 22 effectively consecutive hours (less meals and bathrooms) with the final

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28 May
2012
Reality and Opportunity Collide Majestically On Mt. Jackson!

By Randy Pierce “While the optimist, pessimist and realist were debating the fullness of the glass, the opportunist snuck in and drank

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07 May
2012
Forced into Blindness and Fighting Back!

By Randy Pierce There’s an old saying that out of sight is out of mind The following example is quite the opposite: three organizations

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30 Apr
2012
Is the 2020 Vision Quest Hiking Over?

By Randy Pierce No blind man had ever done the NH 48! As such, doing it in winter--or more dramatically, a single winter--was a tremendous

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16 Apr
2012
Does Sight Make Blindness Easier?

By Randy Pierce A student recently asked me if having had sight makes it easier for me to be blind While I obviously do not know what it

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02 Apr
2012
We Need you on our Team – Walk with “Quinn-tessentially Blind!”

By Randy Pierce On June 2, 2012 in Concord, NH, our 2020 Vision Quest team will participate in the New Hampshire Association for the

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19 Mar
2012
Standing up to the Challenge

By Randy Pierce “You made it seem easy!” I heard this sentiment from a few folks in celebration of our accomplishment of climbing the

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12 Mar
2012
May I pet the Mighty Quinn?

By Randy Pierce There are so many misconceptions about interacting with a service animal that I thought this week we might discuss the

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04 Mar
2012
A Fine Finish? – You Better Believe it!

By Randy Pierce Just as many thought we were flying to the finish, our winter quest seemed stalled at 41 of 48 peaks Wind and weather held

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27 Feb
2012
A Mushy Moment of Inspiration

By Randy Pierce I trust you will all indulge me with a rather personal approach to this week’s blog Usually our goal is to rotate themes

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13 Feb
2012
Have a heart and don’t let a bully start

By Randy Pierce Reflecting on the meaning of Valentine’s Day, I think of the power our hearts have to share kindness Kindness is one of

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