On Me

On Me – Team River Runner Documentary

Filmed by: Roi Films

“On Me” is film about five veterans kayaking on the Yellowstone River. They are not your average kayakers though.  All five of them are completely blind.  The organization Team River Runner, whose purpose is to get “Butts In Boats”, took these veterans to the Yellowstone River in Montana to participate in the TRR “Outta Sight Clinic”.  The guys get to learn and improve necessary kayaking skills to include paddling, wet exits, rescues, rolls and how to track a guide.  The trip taught them a little more than the skills of whitewater kayaking  though.  They learn how the river relates to life and how it can provide a sense of independence.  This full length documentary shares their stories, philosophies and journey as they experience the river.

You don’t have to be a kayaker to enjoy On Me.  Exhilarating scenery and the vets’  stories can keep you engaged to the very end.

The Blind Veterans involved:

Lonnie Bedwell

Steve Baskis

Aaron Hale

Travis Fugate

Eric Marts

Adventure Steve

Steve Baskis is an Army Veteran that was blinded while on patrol in Iraq. For the past seven years he has been making the most of his life by doing…just about anything…

Made possible by: The US Paralympics, CXC Skiing, Soldiers to Summits, World T.E.A.M. Sports, Team River Runner, and of course many guides and pilots over the years…

Video/Photo Credits: Victor Henderson, Didrik Johnck, Kyle Queener & Kevin Noe

Adventure Team Challenge

Created and managed by the non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports, the Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado’s rugged and wild Gore Range north of Eagle brings together disabled and able-bodied athletes for three days of spirited team competition.

Directed by experienced adventure athletes, participants in the Challenge can expect rafting, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and other exciting outdoor activities, along with good fellowship, food and tent camping underneath the brilliant Milky Way of the high Rocky Mountains.

Video Produced by: Blind Endeavors
Video Editing: Victor Henderson
Videographers/GoPro Footage: Victor Henderson, Marc Mcglynn, Gina Utigg, Mark Bogue
Aerial Video: Marc McGlynn
Music: “The Adventure” by Matyas Vanz

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Bikes & Audio Rifles

Steve Baskis, Lonnie Bedwell and Kyle Thomas test out Steve’s new audio rifle that he uses for biathlon. They also did a little blind test riding in the local parking lot with Kyle guiding by using a card in the wheel spokes…the sound gives location reference.  Similar concepts are used for skiing, kayaking, hiking and more.

By the way, if you don’t know them, Steve and Lonnie are completely blind and do some amazing stuff that most sighted people won’t even attempt, like climbing mountains and kayaking the Grand Canyon…

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Blind Kayaking

Steve Baskis shares a some of his thoughts while kayaking on the West Yellowstone River. The trip was part of the “OuttaSight Clinic” sponsored by Team River Runner and consisted of five visually impaired veterans.

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