Meet Dan Berlin
Over the course of twenty years, Dan gradually lost his eyesight from cone-rod dystrophy. He struggled with the limitations of his new reality, but instead of simply feeling sorry for himself, he came up with a new way to approach the rest of his life. He decided, despite his blindness, to become a marathoner.
On October 14-15, 2015, Intrepid Travel and Team See Possibilities will ascend the Inca Trail nonstop to the historic site of Machu Picchu in Peru. If successful, Dan will become the first blind runner to complete this feat. The 26-mile trek ascends from approximately 9,000 feet to over 14,000 feet elevation. Hikers typically take four days, but the team plans to complete the ascent nonstop. This will be a major test of athletic and mental strength, and an intimate encounter with nature in one of the most breathtaking and picturesque landscapes on Earth.
Check out their journey below
Follow in Dan's footsteps
Inspired by Dan's story? Want to conquer a Machu Picchu sized challenge of your own? Find out more about how to conquer the Inca Trail with Intrepid Travel below. Permits are strictly limited by the Peruvian government, so start planning your adventure today to ensure you don’t miss out! You can donate to Team See Possibilities - Machu Picchu 2015 campaign here.
You sure can! We’re always keen to accommodate any special needs on our regular departures, but we do need prior notice to make the suitable arrangements. Please be aware that our leaders are not specially trained to guide travelers with special needs, so travelers would need to bring their own helper and discuss with our customer team whether the trip is right for them or not.
Inca Trail permits sell out quickly, so please be sure to secure permits well in advance of your trip. If you want to hike to Machu Picchu but permits are sold out, the Quarry Trail is an excellent alternative. Intrepid is the only international tour operator that offers this alternative route to Machu Picchu. You can read more on the Quarry Trail here.
Short answer: yes. Our private groups team can organize a private departure pretty much anywhere in the world, including the Inca Trail. The only condition is that you need a minimum of 2 people wanting to travel for at least 5 days. Find out more about our private groups department here.
Meet the team
Dan grew up in the chocolate town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and now co-owns Rodelle, one of the world's leading vanilla extract companies. Over the course of twenty years, Dan gradually lost his eyesight from cone-rod dystrophy. He struggled with the limitations of his new reality, but instead of feeling sorry for himself, he came up with a new way to approach the rest of his life. He become a marathoner.
Charles left a career at Intel Corporation to found the Family Adventure Guy. A National Geographic-featured adventurer and author of the book Rising Son: A Father and Son’s Bike Adventure Across Japan, he takes his two young children on endurance challenges around the world linked to charitable causes. Together they have cycled over 7,000 miles.
Alison Qualter Berna
Alison co-founded apple seeds, an all-in-one children's play space based in New York City, and just launched their national franchise program with her business partners. She was intimidated by the idea of guiding a blind athlete for the first time in the Grand Canyon, in her longest running distance, and on such complicated terrain. Find out more about the lessons she learned here.
Brad is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Vanderbilt University and former Naval Officer. A runner who has completed 20 marathons and half marathons, he recently added ultra marathons to the competitive mix. He had never taken on quite the type of challenge he faced in the Grand Canyon, nor had he been responsible for another person’s safety to this extent.