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Lonnie Bedwell

Blind Navy Veteran & Mountain-Climber, Expert Snow Skier and White-Water Kayaker & Author of "226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon"

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Lonnie Bedwell Biography

Extreme-sports athlete Lonnie Bedwell is the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2015. Bedwell most recently summited Mount Everest, claiming the title as the 4th blind person to accomplish this feat. On Everest, Bedwell overcame equipment failures, frostbite with one of his guides and water shortages during the deadliest year on record at Everest. In addition, he has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world and is responsible for the first blind descents of Africa’s fabled Zambezi River and West Virginia’s world-renowned Gauley River. Bedwell is best known for his first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon — an effort successfully completed during 2013 as part of a team of boaters assembled by Team River Runner. Bedwell now leads teams of disabled veterans down the Colorado to help them face adversity with courage and tenacity.

A former Navy Petty Officer, Bedwell was critically injured during 1997 in a hunting accident that instantly took his sight. Nevertheless, he raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them all to hunt and fish — and, against all odds, to drive. Once the girls graduated from high school, Bedwell continued to challenge himself, ultimately becoming a renowned extreme sports athlete. When the threshold for running the Grand Canyon was placed at 1,000 kayak rolls, he took his donated kayak to the pond on his farm and rolled it 1,500 times. The rest is history.

Bedwell has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, summited several of North America’s highest mountains, rock climbs, and is an avid downhill skier when he has time away from roofing work in his hometown of Duggar, IN.

Bedwell's mission is to motivate and inspire others to embrace life with confidence and courage. Bedwell is dedicated to helping veterans and many others enjoy full lives and while he is an advocate for the blind, blindness does not define either him or his efforts on behalf of others. Lonnie has appeared on The Today Show and Steve Harvey and has been featured in countless publications. He’s the author of the award-winning book 226 (the length in miles of the Colorado River stretch through the Grand Canyon) and shares his passion for life and adventure with audiences around the country.

Speaking Topics
  • INSPIRATIONAL, RELATABLE, PRACTICAL

    Lonnie’s mission is to inspire others to approach adversity with courage and confidence to live their life to the fullest. He is an active volunteer for veterans and people with disabilities but is dedicated to helping anyone take their first steps to living an inspired life.

    Lonnie’s talks are customizable. Some of his most popular speaking topics are:

    • Overcoming Adversity.
    • Teamwork.
    • Leadership.
    • Trust and Vulnerability.
    • Kayaking and other Extreme Adventure Stories.

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226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon

226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon

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  • HOW TO BOOK Lonnie Bedwell?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lonnie Bedwell for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lonnie Bedwell, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lonnie Bedwell or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Lonnie Bedwell?

    Speaking fees for Lonnie Bedwell, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Lonnie Bedwell charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lonnie Bedwell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Lonnie Bedwell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lonnie Bedwell for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lonnie Bedwell for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lonnie Bedwell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lonnie Bedwell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Blind Navy Veteran & Mountain-Climber, Expert Snow Skier and White-Water Kayaker & Author of "226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon"

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Lonnie Bedwell Biography

Extreme-sports athlete Lonnie Bedwell is the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for 2015. Bedwell most recently summited Mount Everest, claiming the title as the 4th blind person to accomplish this feat. On Everest, Bedwell overcame equipment failures, frostbite with one of his guides and water shortages during the deadliest year on record at Everest. In addition, he has kayaked some of the most challenging whitewater in the world and is responsible for the first blind descents of Africa’s fabled Zambezi River and West Virginia’s world-renowned Gauley River. Bedwell is best known for his first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon — an effort successfully completed during 2013 as part of a team of boaters assembled by Team River Runner. Bedwell now leads teams of disabled veterans down the Colorado to help them face adversity with courage and tenacity.

A former Navy Petty Officer, Bedwell was critically injured during 1997 in a hunting accident that instantly took his sight. Nevertheless, he raised three daughters as a single father, teaching them all to hunt and fish — and, against all odds, to drive. Once the girls graduated from high school, Bedwell continued to challenge himself, ultimately becoming a renowned extreme sports athlete. When the threshold for running the Grand Canyon was placed at 1,000 kayak rolls, he took his donated kayak to the pond on his farm and rolled it 1,500 times. The rest is history.

Bedwell has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, summited several of North America’s highest mountains, rock climbs, and is an avid downhill skier when he has time away from roofing work in his hometown of Duggar, IN.

Bedwell's mission is to motivate and inspire others to embrace life with confidence and courage. Bedwell is dedicated to helping veterans and many others enjoy full lives and while he is an advocate for the blind, blindness does not define either him or his efforts on behalf of others. Lonnie has appeared on The Today Show and Steve Harvey and has been featured in countless publications. He’s the author of the award-winning book 226 (the length in miles of the Colorado River stretch through the Grand Canyon) and shares his passion for life and adventure with audiences around the country.

Lonnie Bedwell Speaking Topics

  • INSPIRATIONAL, RELATABLE, PRACTICAL

    Lonnie’s mission is to inspire others to approach adversity with courage and confidence to live their life to the fullest. He is an active volunteer for veterans and people with disabilities but is dedicated to helping anyone take their first steps to living an inspired life.

    Lonnie’s talks are customizable. Some of his most popular speaking topics are:

    • Overcoming Adversity.
    • Teamwork.
    • Leadership.
    • Trust and Vulnerability.
    • Kayaking and other Extreme Adventure Stories.

Lonnie Bedwell Videos

  • Lonnie Bedwell: Surviving the Accident
    Full Episode: https://youtu.be/09n_pFnXuNY Blind veteran Lonnie Bedwell talks about how he has no anger towards the man that accidently shot him...
  • From the Farm to Mt. Everest with Blind Adventurer Lonnie Bedwell Part 1
    In this powerful two-part interview, we sit down with Lonnie Bedwell, a remarkable individual whose life took an unexpected turn after a hunting...
  • Blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell
    Blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell

Lonnie Bedwell Books

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  • How to book Lonnie Bedwell?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lonnie Bedwell for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lonnie Bedwell, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lonnie Bedwell or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lonnie Bedwell?

    Speaking fees for Lonnie Bedwell, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Lonnie Bedwell charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lonnie Bedwell, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lonnie Bedwell?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lonnie Bedwell for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lonnie Bedwell for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lonnie Bedwell or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lonnie Bedwell or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lonnie Bedwell is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as INSPIRATIONAL, RELATABLE, PRACTICAL. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lonnie Bedwell for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Lonnie Bedwell generally travels from Indianapolis, IN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Brent Gleeson, Ed Hiner, Reginald Bullock, Marc Koehler and Stephen Drum. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lonnie Bedwell for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lonnie Bedwell Speaking Topics

  • INSPIRATIONAL, RELATABLE, PRACTICAL

    Lonnie’s mission is to inspire others to approach adversity with courage and confidence to live their life to the fullest. He is an active volunteer for veterans and people with disabilities but is dedicated to helping anyone take their first steps to living an inspired life.

    Lonnie’s talks are customizable. Some of his most popular speaking topics are:

    • Overcoming Adversity.
    • Teamwork.
    • Leadership.
    • Trust and Vulnerability.
    • Kayaking and other Extreme Adventure Stories.

Lonnie Bedwell Speaker Videos

  • Lonnie Bedwell: Surviving the Accident
    Full Episode: https://youtu.be/09n_pFnXuNY Blind veteran Lonnie Bedwell talks about how he has no anger towards the man that accidently shot him during a hunting accident, leaving him completely...
    From the Farm to Mt. Everest with Blind Adventurer Lonnie Bedwell Part 1
    In this powerful two-part interview, we sit down with Lonnie Bedwell, a remarkable individual whose life took an unexpected turn after a hunting accident left him completely blind. Despite this...
  • Blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell
    Blind adventurer Lonnie Bedwell
    Lonnie Bedwell Speaker Promo Video
    A compelling and genuine speaker, Lonnie shares his story of overcoming adversity by adapting and courageously taking steps to turn the life he dreamed of into a reality. Through wit, southern...

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