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Hiker With Disability Blazes Trail

Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 08:37 PM EDT
"When I'm out in the back country, I can be in control of my own future," says Trevor Thomas of Charlotte.

In Yancey County, he resumed his thousand-mile trek on the Mountain-To-Sea State Trail.

Once again, he's blazing a trail as a long-distance hiker, who happens to be blind. He's accompanied by his guide dog Tennille.

"There are thousands of long distance hikers... I'm the only one who doesn't have sight. "

8 years ago, he lost his eyesight within 8 months.

"In layman's terms, if your eye is a camera the macula is the film," Trevor explains. "For some reason my autoimmune system woke up and decided the macula was a foreign body. "

He's barely able to tell daylight from dark but hiking helped him find his way in life again.

Five years ago he was the first blind person ever to thru-hike the entire Appalachian trail. He's become a motivational speaker with an inspiring message.

"Going out and possibly violating their comfort zone, doing something they haven't done before," he suggests.

He's known as Zero Zero, referring to his eyesight. But what he senses on the trail is beyond what most of us perceive.

"I remember the smells, the sun hitting my face," Thomas tells us. "I enjoy it with all my other senses so I think it's more profound."Hiker With Disability Blazes Trail


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