How a visually impaired explorer has left disability in his tracks
“Too many people don’t think about what life is all about until it’s too late,” says Miles Hilton-Barber. “It took me 30 years. I started going blind at 21 and I had a victim mentality until 50. Everyone said I’d have a terrible life, and I believed them. But I turned things around. I’m happier now than when I could see.”
His CV of adventure is nothing short of astonishing. Since he discovered that quality of life is not determined by circumstances but by our response to them, Miles has achieved more than most people manage in a whole life — through Antarctica, along the course of the Marathon des Sables, and up Mont Blanc. He’s flown a microlight from London to Sydney and taken up scuba diving.