Miles Hilton-Barber to open WhiteStickFest 2023
WhiteStickFest are incredible honoured to confirm world renowned blind adventurer and gifted motivational speaker Miles Hilton Barber will open our proceedings on October 15th International White Cane Day
For those who aren’t familiar, Miles piloted a microlight aircraft from the UK to Australia completely blind and at age 50.
Since this feat he has notched up an incredible number of mind-blowing achievements including but not limited to:
- First blind aviator to break sound barrier- attaining speed of Mach 1.4/1,060 MPH during vertical climb to 50,000 feet in just 90 seconds in an English Electric Lightning fighter jet.
- Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt. Blanc- Africas/Europes highest mountains
- Running the 11-day Ultra-Marathon race across China from the Gobi Desert to the Great Wall
- Completing the Coldest Marathon on Earth- the Siberian Ice Marathon
- Crossing the entire Qatar Desert non-stop day/night in 78 hours
- Circumnavigating 38,000 miles around the world using 80 different forms of transport
- Setting the Malaysian Grand Prix lap record for a blind driver in a 230kph Lotus
- Setting a new British high-altitude record for a tandem microlight (20,300 feet) with -55 Centigrade open-cockpit temperatures
- White-water rafting down the Zambezi River
- Cage-diving with Great White Sharks
- Deep Sea Scuba Diving
- First blind pilot to undertake a sortie of extreme aerobatics in a +600 MPH Hawker Hunter fighter jet with an ex-Red Arrows co-pilot
- Becoming the first blind person to do the solo kamikaze skeleton run down the 5G Olympic bob-sleigh track in Lillehammer, Norway
- First blind person to pilot a 340 BHP performance rated Zap Cat power boat in ocean time trials
- First blind person to participate in a drag-racing event, driving a supercharged machine at Britain’s Santa Pod drag track
For more information about his adventures please see his website below.