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Deaf-blind grandfather scales highest mountain in the UK

Posted Aug 04 2011 3:36pm

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A grandfather has become the first deaf and blind man to scale the UK's highest mountain.

Brave Michael Anderson, 70, cannot venture to the supermarket alone, but the pioneering pensioner managed to "feel" his way to the top of Ben Nevis.

Michael completed his epic 4,400ft climb in 17 hours and 37 minutes and relaxed at the summit as his helpers described the scenery to him.

Speaking through a special communication device, Mr Anderson, who was born almost completely deaf, and became registered blind at the age of 33, said: "I was very relieved to sit down in the car at the end and say 'that's it done', but it wasn't that bad.

"It's important to remember that just because you can't see and hear it doesn't mean you can't do things."

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