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Blind mountaineer climbs highest peaks

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Posted By: Alfred K at 8:54 pm

8 Oct 2009

As a boy, he pictured himself one day strapped into the cockpit of an F-14 fighter jet, screaming above the clouds like those daring young pilots in the 1980s movie Top Gun.

In high school, the teenager shared his lifelong dream with military recruiters. Not surprisingly, they never called him back. ”I don’t think they want blind people flying $60 million planes,”Grant said with a smile.

Diagnosed in the fifth grade with a rare early onset form of macular degeneration, the 21-year-old University of North Texas student has leaned on his religious faith and learned through new friendships to count his blessings and feel grateful for life’s opportunities.

Grant discovered another way – one he never imagined – to experience exhilaration at high altitude. Three years ago, he became a mountain climber. Grant filled his lungs with the rarefied air from the 19,340-foot top of Kilimanjaro. This summer he climbed majestic Mount Rainier.

Come on, in reality they just brought him to a local park and let him climb the playground.

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