"When I lost the use of my legs, I thought I had also lost the wilderness in my life. With a concentrated effort of creativity and flexibility, along with a good dose of humility, I found my way back into camping again."


Jenny grew up camping, and when MS impacted her mobility, she didn't let that stop her from enjoying the outdoors. We're collecting resources to help people of all ability levels enjoy spending a night in the great outdoors.

Adaptive Camping Guide 

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Decide on Campsite

Are you looking for something more secluded, or closer to trails and activities? 

  • State or National Parks

  • Private (such as KOA)

  • Dispersed/Undeveloped (legal on most National Forest and BLM lands)

Research Facilities

You'll want to consider options for your daily activities. As you're evaluating campsites, specifically look for what options they have for these facilities:

Nerissa using the  Hennessy Hammock .

Nerissa using the Hennessy Hammock.

  • Bathroom

    • Permanent-Accessible

    • Personal Portable

  • Hygiene (Showers and/or Sinks)

  • Food Storage (safe from wildlife)

  • Cooking/Eating (self-preparation or eating out)

Consider types of beds

  • Ground

  • Cot

  • Hammock

Decide on a tent

  • Family size (large enough to hold all gear and maneuver wheelchair)

    • Mat to hold down threshold

  • Hammock

  • Car

Figure out how you will transport your gear

  • Car

  • Truck

  • RV (Accessible or with add-on ramp)

  • Friends/Family

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