Dog Fact: Guide Dog Aided Blind Man In Hiking The Appalachian Trail

May 16th, 2009 by Dan

In 1990 Bill Irwin and his seeing eye dog, a German Shepherd named Orient, hiked the 2168 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 8 months. This amazing feat earned the pair the nickname ” The Orient Express”. It is believed that Irwin is the first blind person to have ever completed the entire thru-hike. Orient passed away in 1997. Irwin published a book about their adventures on the trail titled “Blind Courage”.

Bill Irwin and Orient

Photo by Bill Irwin.com





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One Response to “Dog Fact: Guide Dog Aided Blind Man In Hiking The Appalachian Trail”

  1. Grant Robinson Says:

    Damm… That would have been one hard-working dog…. respect…..

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