In a remarkable story of commitment, perseverance, and the will to survive, BLIND COURAGE tells of the first blind person to hike the beautiful but treacherous Appalachian Trail in the USA. With his faithful dog and companion, Orient, Bill Irwin trekked through fourteen states, along more than 2,000 miles, over hazardous mountains and in extremes of temperature, sending a message of hope to everyone who has been tempted to give up on life. For Bill Irwin had struggled with alcoholism, estranged children, and divorce, before God began to turn his life around. The challenge and adventure of the trail opened opportunites he had never dreamed of. Today, Bill Irwin is a family counsellor in Burlington, North Carolina. Writer David McCasland spent five weeks on the Appalachian Trail with Bill and Orient.