Wheelchair Camping for the Modern Adventurer

Wheelchair Camping for the Modern Adventurer

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.  After years of experimentation and adaptation, I finally found a set-up that works for me. 

It's Spartan Time

It's Spartan Time

It is 6AM on the quiet edges of Boerne, TX. There’s a line of tail lights snaking into the dusty entrance of the Don Strange Ranch. You can just barely see the A-frame towering in the distance. Whether the bandana around your head is black or red, you are there. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth obstacle course race, you are there. Whether you carry your daughter or your racing prosthetic -- or both -- you are there.

San Josef Bay

San Josef Bay

“Backpacking was a big part of life in my twenties.  It was also what threw me into an existential crisis whenafter I got my first wheelchairsomebody asked, "Do you like backpacking?"  How do you answer that question, if you really like something, but you can't actually do it?  Ever since I started wheelchair hiking, I have wanted to go wheelchair backpacking.  I think I may have finally accomplished that goal.“

Adaptive Rock Climbing at the Gunks

Adaptive Rock Climbing at the Gunks

“It’s not about doing things in a certain way. It’s about finding YOUR way to do it (your “STYLE”), even if it looks different than how most people do it. Sometimes, how you need to do it even looks entirely different than YOU thought it would. That doesn’t matter. Find your own unique way to accomplish those things most important to you.”

Getting to Know My GRIT Freedom Chair

Getting to Know My GRIT Freedom Chair

My chair was a muddy mess, but I loved every minute of it. I am excited by all the possibilities this opens for me, and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you.

Can Independence Become Its Own Limitation?

Can Independence Become Its Own Limitation?

Often the barriers that limit a disabled individual’s independence or access to an activity are manmade. In some circumstances, however, the barriers we face might be those we create ourselves.