Meet Trevor Hahn: A Blind Artist & Activist
Meet Trevor Hahn, a No Barriers community member with an inspiring story. It took a long time for Trevor to get where he is today, an advocate for those living with impaired vision or blindness, an artist, an outdoor enthusiast, and an inspiration for anyone reaching to overcome the barriers they are facing in life.
Colorado-native Trevor was practically born blind that became increasingly worse as he grew older. “I was born at the foot of the Colorado Rockies, so naturally, adventure and creating visual art are my passions.”
“There was always the thought that, someday, blindness would take over, rendering me helpless with no purpose in life. Being so independent, this would be one of the scariest experiences I might face.”
Trevor’s lack of sight was unfortunately met with a lot of bullying and teasing in school. To escape, he would seek happiness in the mountains or in front of a canvas, his first creative endeavors while blind. Art was his outlet.
His eyesight continued to worsen over time, eventually leaving him with only light perception. He was spiraling into depression and anxiety, began to question his existence, and “had a growing desire to end it all.”
Adopting the No Barriers Life
Then, a well-timed No Barriers Summit event in Copper Mountain came on his radar. He was stoked to learn about the adaptive rock climbing event that would be held and signed up immediately. It was the first time he would learn to rock climb as a blind man. “It was epic; my smile was enormous, and any anxiety I was feeling diminished.”
“Reaching for the top of the sculptural rock face, a revelation appeared. I didn’t need sight to create art and enjoy the outdoors anymore.”
And down below? “A community was cheering for me—they weren’t trying to avoid the guy with the cane. They were my Rope Team, helping me along a journey of purpose.”
This experience lit a new fire within Trevor and lead him on the path that he walks today. He has summited many mountains, including dozens of Colorado 14ers, including Mt. Bierstadt. It’s taken him from Lake Tahoe in northern California all the way to the Himalayas on a No Barriers expedition.
Trevor has a lot of incredible stories from his time in Nepal, but one of our favorites is the way he pioneered collaboration while climbing Gokyo Ri, a 17,560 foot mountain near Everest herself.
The individuals on the expedition felt connected by their barriers, despite these challenges being unique from one another. Others with sight encouraged and guided Trevor, as someone without vision, to climb a mountain, while Trevor, a deeply thoughtful and reflective individual, could help, in turn, help others establish their purpose.
“An idea came into view: When you combine two people’s strengths and elevate each other, we can accomplish great things.”
Trevor’s story on being blind + art
Trevor’s life experiences have inspired him to create unique art, where you can “experience [his] journey of transformation to blindness creating art through only touch. Darkness eclipsed [his] life, giving [him] no hope or purpose.”
Seeing the beauty of a sculpture by blind artists can be a moving experience, and never moreso than through Trevor’s “metal sculptures, signifying a strength and resilience to face adversity.”
While he might not be a super-famous blind artist yet, we’re excited to see where his creative endeavors take him in the coming years. 🙂
We exist to support pioneers & blind artists like Trevor
It took a long time for Trevor to get where he is today, an advocate for those living with impaired vision or blindness, an artist, an outdoor enthusiast, and an inspiration for anyone reaching to overcome the barriers they are facing in life.
“I had a purpose, No Barriers saved my life, and my trust issues disappeared.”
With your help, we can offer even more individuals with disabilities like Trevor the chance to reclaim their purpose and give their best back to the world. Donate to the No Barriers cause and support future programming like the Summit.
Keep up with Trevor:
- Like his Facebook page, Art Through Touch
- Buy his sculpture art on Etsy
- Read about his Gokyo Ri summit on the Big Agnes blog