Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tag: Outdoors

Adventuring After Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 6, 2019

West Livaudais has a hiking resume that measures up with the best of them. Filled with the iconic trails and summits of the Pacific Northwest, it’s an impressive Rolodex of backcountry adventures and lived experiences.

There’s the time he finished the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood in a single day, blisters and all; the morning he watched the sunrise at “lunch counter” and summited Mt. Adams; and the afternoon he went snowshoeing in Mt. Rainier National Park and spent three hours building an ice cave, only to have it collapse right before dusk. That night, he chased down his dinner with some whiskey.

California’s accessible campsites put the outdoors within reach

Published: March 25, 2019

When Steve Dalton sets up at Yosemite’s Housekeeping Camp, a popular campground along the Merced River with views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, it takes him back to childhood camping trips with his parents and a time before his spinal cord injury.

“I love getting outdoors and I think, following my disability, adaptive sports and things that drew me back outside were the things that were most restorative for me as a person,” said Dalton, 51, an information technology systems administrator who is paralyzed from the chest down since a motorcycle accident in 2002.

Paralyzed Outdoors Man Designs Bike To Cycle Woods Again

Published: January 20, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Christian Bagg was an avid outdoorsman when a 1996 accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Freewheeling bush adventures in a wheelchair

Published: September 13, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Wheelchair access gets a whole new meaning

Her studies were almost over and alumna, Helen Smith, had plans. Then a single event meant she had to reach her goals via a very different path. Now she’s pushing against the barriers.

In many ways, the bushwalk through Wolgan View Canyon in Wollemi National Park was like dozens of others that Helen Smith (BSc(Hons) ’09 PhD ’15) and her friends had previously done together.

Man inspires change on cross-state wheelchair ride

Published: August 13, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

SPOKANE, Wash. – From Coeur d’Alene to the Cascades, one Washington man is going the distance to prove that everyone should be able to access the outdoors.

David’s Chair opens the way back into the outdoors

Published: May 11, 2018

Casey Moore's TrackchairCasey Moore’s withered right hand pushes the small joystick that thrusts a special wheelchair down a TouVelle State Park trail, with the chair’s tracks carrying him over rocks and thick grass.

“It feels like I’m driving a mini tank,” Moore laughs.

He powers down a short embankment to experience something he hasn’t since a diving accident 18 years ago left him paralyzed from the chest down, with limited use of his arms and hands.

Technology helps quadriplegic Miss. man hunt deer, drive, paint

Published: November 28, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

evan-edwards-2MERIDIAN, Miss. — A little more than 30 years ago, as an 11th grader, Evan Edwards broke his neck during a tackle in a football game. A C4-5 quadriplegic, the eastern Mississippi man cannot move his lower body, wrists or hands.

He eats by moving special utensils tucked into his wrist brace with his shoulder and elbow. His Mississippi State University cup — representing his alma mater — hooks onto his arm so he can drink from the extra-long straw. A pointer on the end of his brace acts like a finger, pushing the buttons that unlock his van and activate his voice-command environmental controls.

Unlimited Outdoors with Wesley Jones

Published: October 5, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:
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Each week on Unlimited Outdoors television show, you will follow along with host Wesley Jones on another exciting hunting adventure. Whether it’s chasing big whitetails, trying to coax a weary old turkey into range, or nestled into the reed cane waiting on a flock of ducks to decoy, no hunting scenario will go unattempted by America’s only handicapped host of a nationally aired outdoor hunting show. It is our goal to show viewers that with hard work, and most of all God’s help, anything is possible in the Unlimited Outdoors.

Watch the all new 7th season of Unlimited Outdoors each Saturday morning at 8:30am est on Great American Country (GAC)

Meet Catfish Chris

Published: August 3, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

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Fourteen years ago, a car crash left Chris paralyzed from the chest down—but he didn’t let that keep him from fishing.

Quadriplegic remembered as avid deer hunter, outdoorsman

Published: July 11, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

David Pollie 1David Pollie’s favorite place in the world was in the woods, and being a quadriplegic since the age of 15 did not stop him from hunting whitetail deer.

The Grand Rapids man who overcame incredible odds to get back into the woods died unexpectedly last week. He was 32.

David, who raised funds for a special track chair to help his pursuit of whitetail deer, went into cardiac arrest at his home June 30 and never recovered.

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