A disability does not have to hold you back from the things you love or want to try. There is a large world to explore and experience, and a disability should not be a reason to stay home.
Yes, having a disability may make some experiences a little more complicated to enjoy, but it will not make it impossible. Enjoying the great outdoors should be a pleasure that everyone can experience.
Hiking is a great way to get exercise, be in the outdoors, and experience nature. You can hike through the woods, at the beach, or to visit a monument or other local landmark. Rugged terrain is no longer a boundary with the new all-terrain wheelchairs that are available. For those who walk but use other aids, there are still ways that you can go out and enjoy a hike.
Planning Is Everything
If you have a disability and want to go for a hike, the best thing that you can do is plan for the event. There are several things that you can do to make the experience more enjoyable.
• Use Google Earth. One of the best ways to be prepared is to know the terrain that you are going to face on your hike. This will help you decide on shoes and type of aids you may need.
• Use A Guide. If you can, hire a guide for the hike. This is especially helpful when you first begin hiking with a disability. A guide has knowledge of the terrain and shortcuts if necessary.
• Bring A Backup. If you find that the hike you started has become too difficult, you need a break, or you encountered unexpected terrain, having a backup activity is a great way to spend some downtime. Bring a camera, a book, or something similar for some quality resting time.
• Bring the Right Equipment. There are many different walking aids available for heavy or difficult terrain or to assist on longer treks. Having the right equipment can help you successfully make the hike.
With some preparation, hiking is an activity in which disabled people can take part. There’s a big world out there waiting to be explored. Go for it!