Share the Adventure!

Woman with glowing white cane leading group in lava tubes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Mia leads the way in a “lava tube” in Volcanos National Park

Share the Adventure is not just a slogan for us. If you have a disability and you want to go on a trip where you are treated the same as everyone else, you’ve come to the right place. Since 1978 WI has conducted integrated adventures for persons with disabilities as well as people who do not have disabilities—as equals and peers. Our mission is to provide real outdoor adventures for everyone.

Thousands of people with a wide variety of disabling conditions have traveled with Wilderness Inquiry. Over the years we’ve come to realize that “disability” is a very relative term– what’s really important is each individual’s attitude and their willingness to get out and do things. The rest is mostly details. We do have some great adaptive gear that we’ve found or developed along the way, such as seating or mobility aids like the “rick-shaw.” Our staff are always there to help provide a boost or a lift if needed, and we regularly accommodate trip assistants, personal care attendants, and sign language interpreters when needed.

Kevin and Brett paddle a kayak

Kevin and Brett paddle a kayak

Our trips are integrated, meaning that each group is made up of people who do not have disabilities traveling with others who do. What brings them together is their interest in doing a wilderness adventure. We do whatever it takes to make our trips accessible, but disability is not the overt focus. We just want to get out there and enjoy the wilderness together. We provide adapted equipment as needed, including canoe and kayak seating, mobility aids, accessible bathroom facilities and many other things. This gear really helps people participate as equals, but it is not what makes Wilderness Inquiry so accessible. The most important element is that we treat people as equals. We work with everyone to help figure out what we need to do to maximize full participation in a straightforward, non-condescending manner. In short, we just do it.

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Typical WI group on Montana’s Missouri River

Of course, many people have specific questions about their ability to participate. Please call or e-mail us if you have questions.

612-676-9400 or
info@wildernessinquiry.org