Episode 26: Blind Courage

In Episode 26, I speak with Director Clint Ross who is hard at work with Producer Paula O’Neal on the film adaptation of the book Blind Courage, which is based on the 1990 Appalachian Trail thru-hike of Bill Irwin – the first legally blind hiker to complete the entire Trail within a single year.

In the show, Clint discusses the first draft of the screenplay, the trailer, and the upcoming plans to film the movie.  He also give us some personal insight in to Bill Irwin and how he overcame alcohol and tobacco addiction through faith in God and by heeding the call to hike the A.T.

For more information or to follow the making of this film, click here.  For the audio interview click below.

Subject: Blind Courage
Interviewees: Clint Ross
Interview Date: February 25, 2015
Runtime: 1:11:04

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  1. Andy Rayner says:

    Just Got back from Africa, where I work part of the year, each year as a humanitarian. I am a Commercial Fishing Captain up here in Prince Edward Island, Canada as well. ON return from Mali, my oldest son and I who do some hiking (He’s 25, and we did 300km trail last summer in 9 days), began to catch up on your podcasts as we build traps and repair gear and nets. We have listened to them all to this point.
    We were very moved by your interview with on this podcast and the story of Bill, and Blind Courage. Bought the book as soon as we got home from the workshop.
    We enjoy the podcast very much. Keep up the great work.
    Andy & Ben

    • BirdShooter says:

      Bill Irwin’s story is an inspiring one – as is Grandma Gatewood’s if you haven’t read the book (or heard the podcast) yet:

      Thanks for reaching out Andy! I spend a week in Canada every year, but haven’t explored Prince Edward Island yet. The International A.T. is on my list – so that will put me nearby and I look forward to exploring the northeastern provinces of Canada at some point in the next few years.

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