Blind Hikers travel the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

10:27 a.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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A news article from the

GRAND CANYON - Just before dawn, 13 blind hikers begin a descent into the abyss, unable to see the trail at their feet or the gaping chasm they are about to enter.

The plan seems audacious, if not crazy: A group of adults and kids from the Foundation for Blind Children sets out to complete the Grand Canyon's 24.3-mile trek from rim to rim in a single day on a rock-scrabbled route where hikers are one false step from a fatal plunge.

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3:50 p.m. on October 15, 2010 (EDT)
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I think too often people set out to do things just to prove that they can without stopping to think about whether or not they should. Now, I don't know the real risks involved in hiking this trail without the gift of sight, but I can't help but suspect that it's greater without than with. Probably a lot greater.

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