John Churcher

GB Paraclimbing Team member, six international medals and a third-place ranking in the B2 category. Pioneer of accessible climbing, co-founding VIclimbing.com and a Trustee for Deafblind UK.


John Churcher’s journey in the world of paraclimbing is both remarkable and groundbreaking. With seven years on the GB Paraclimbing Team under his belt, he’s earned six international medals and reached the impressive rank of third in the B2 category.

Living with Ushers Syndrome, a condition impacting his vision and hearing, John has faced challenges head-on. Despite having only around 3% vision and 50% hearing, he’s never let his disabilities define him.

John’s love for the outdoors fuels his passion for adventure. In 2015, he made history as the first blind person to summit The Eiger in Switzerland and followed it up in 2023 by conquering Mt Rinjani in Indonesia.

His dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2017, John was honored as Birmingham Amateur Sportsperson of the Year. He’s also made his mark internationally, securing victory in the International Federation of Sports Climbing (IFSC) paraclimbing competition in the B2 category.

Beyond his personal achievements, John is committed to making climbing more accessible for visually impaired individuals. Alongside his friend and guide, Lauren, he co-founded VIclimbing.com, aiming to break down barriers in the climbing community. You can follow their adventures here.

John’s story is one of determination and resilience. Through his adventures and advocacy, he’s proving that disabilities needn’t limit one’s ability to explore and achieve.


  • 2017 John was recognised as Birmingham Amateur Sportsperson of the year
  • 7 years on the GB Paraclimbing Team
  • Climbing Wall Instructor – the first blind person to achieve this.
  • Winner of 6 International medals placing 3rd in the B2 category.
  • 1st blind person to climb The Eiger (Switzerland) in 2015, and Mt Rinjarni (Indonesia) in 2023