Sunday, February 14, 2010

Uphill (and Downhill) All the Way

When you live in New England, the cold winter is FAR more enjoyable if you embrace the outdoors. And we try to do that. My son and husband are an adapted downhill skiing team with New England Handicapped Sports Association located at Mount Sunapee in NH. But this year we all tried something new - adapted kick sledding.

Graham (soon to be 14!) is too long to fit in a kids sled but he does enjoy the outdoors, especially if speed is involved. Recently Outdoor Access offered an adapted kick sled program near our home. What's that you say? Kick sleds are used for transporation throughout Scandanavia and are are available here in the US from several companies. They are light weight, portable and can be modified pretty easily for individuals who need more support. The sled we tried was modified with a spare wheelchair seat back that provided some lateral support. A foldable camp seat works well too. With a little help from Dad in the rear, off we went! It steers pretty easily and cruises. And yes, I played husky for my daughter. It was a good work out but the rosy cheeks and smiles were worth it.

For more info about Outdoor Access contact Brenda K Davies, OTR/L, 413-259-0009.

For more info about outdoor adapted recreation in Massachusetts and beyond, see the great blog by Marcy Marchello, Universal Access Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.  

1 comment:

  1. Outstanding! :)

    Was just at Mt Sunapee where I was stunned at the unbelievable adaptive skiing program there. Bravo to access!