Share the Adventure!
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 wilderness trips involving people 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.
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.
Of course, many people have specific questions about their ability to participate. Please call or e-mail us if you have questions.
Mia leads the way in a "lava tube" in Hawaii's Volcanos National Park
Kevin and Brett paddle a sit on top kayak in Santa Barbara, CA
Typical WI group on Montana's Missouri River
Taking out the big lens in Florida's 10,000 Islands