They say a journey begins with a single step.
For Randy “Zip” Pierce and his canine companion, “The Mighty Quinn,” a single step onto Mount Tecumseh began a journey to all 48 of New Hampshire’s peaks over 4,000 feet — and ended with an emotional climb to the summit of Cannon Mountain.
Pierce is the first blind hiker — and Quinn the first guide dog — to climb “The 48” in one winter.
The attention is for 2020 Vision Quest, a non-profit that raises funds for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Saturday’s climb completed a winter version of that goal, but Pierce isn’t done. Pierce intends to hike all 48 peaks by 2020 in “non-winter” conditions.
“The truth is, a blind person hiking in the summer is a magnitude more challenging and slow,” noting rocks, holes and roots make it difficult to find safe footing. “In winter, it’s easier because snow fills those areas.”
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