John Churcher on the Eiger in the Swiss Alps
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Blind man successfully climbs Eiger's west flank

A partially-sighted Shropshire man with less than 5% vision has successfully climbed the west flank of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.

John Churcher, from Telford, lost most of his sight at 14 to a degenerative disease and also has only 50% hearing.

Mr Churcher now rock climbs with the help of a sighted assistant.

He hopes to win his first gold medal at the International Paraclimbing Cup in Sheffield in October.

Includes footage courtesy of Finalcrux Films

  • 03 Sep 2015