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 ascended the Inca Trail nonstop to the historic site of Machu Picchu in Peru. Dan became 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 Dan Berlin and Team See Possibilities conquered the Inca Trail in 13 hours.
On November 4, 2016, Intrepid Travel and Team See Possibilites team up again to summit Africa's tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Check out their journey below
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.
Short answer: yes. Our private groups team can organize a private departure pretty much anywhere in the world, including the Inca Trail and Mt. Kilimanjaro. 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.