Frequently Asked Questions

 Thinking About a Trip

 Who can participate?

Our trips are designed to be inclusive of all individuals, regardless of age, background, or ability. We do have some itineraries that are more specifically designed according to the following groups:

Adults: Most of our trips are geared for adults. The average age is around 50, but adults from age 18-80+ participate in our trips . Prior experience is usually not necessary but it’s good to have an open mind and a passion for adventure.

Families: Since 1994 we’ve conducted a wide range of family trips. Some trips, like Itasca, are designed for families with young children, while others are geared for families with kids aged 12-17. The activities, distances traveled, and campfire chat are geared towards the appropriate age group. Families of all shapes and sizes join in on these trips, including many single-parent and non-traditional families.

Women: Since 2004 we’ve offered trips just for women. These trips are usually the same itinerary as a regular WI trip, except that the staff and participants are all women.

Youth: Each year we do many trips for youth from schools and other organizations. While we do not exclude infants, many of our trips may be challenging for a very small child.

You: Wilderness Inquiry is all about including everyone. Join us!

 What is the minimum age to participate on a WI trip?

There is no minimum age requirement to participate on a WI trip. For a paddling trip, we require participants to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when on the water for safety. The smallest PFD we provide for children requires a minimum weight of 30 pounds. A child smaller than this weight limit would need to provide their own PFD or would be unable to participate. For most family trips, children should be able to sit comfortably in a canoe or kayak for 1 hour or more. Please use this criteria to decide whether or not a child would be a good fit on any particular trip.

For a non-family trip, youth under the age of 18 must attend with an adult family member or friend who is over the age of 18.

 Does WI organize private trips for pre-existing groups?

Absolutely! We can customize a trip to fit your group's available dates and preferences. To learn more and express interest in a group trip, please visit the Custom Group Trips page.

 What does the group look like on most trips?

The exact group mix is different on every trip, but most groups consist of 6-15 participants and 1-4 Wilderness Inquiry staff, including adults of all ages and backgrounds. Children under age 18 are welcome on most trips if accompanied by an adult. There are family and women’s trips available. You are also welcome to assemble your own group and plan a private trip with us.

WI trips are open to people of all ages and abilities, including persons with disabilities. We usually have an equal number of men and women on our trips, which includes couples, single travelers, and families. People truly do come from all walks of life, but if we had to stereotype our “typical” participant she would be a 48-year-old well-educated professional.

 How physically demanding are WI trips?

In general, we have a moderate pace that allows individuals to enjoy the backcountry without becoming exhausted. Each group may include people with a wide range of ability levels. We work to ensure that the overall group make-up is strong enough to have a positive experience. There are often opportunities for extra activities if you want more of a challenge.

We focus on what people can do—their ability and what they are willing to do—not on what they cannot do. Our experience shows us that attitude is more important than physical ability.

Please remember that these trips are adventures, not packaged tours. Expect your muscles to be sore at least once on the trip! The exact nature of your specific trip will depend upon many factors, including the weather, your group, and your own interests and needs.

 What type of food do we eat during the trip?

You’ll be pleased by the food we offer. Cookbook author and food guru Beth Dooley joined our staff a few years ago and she has infused our menu with flare! Typical menus include meals like pesto pasta, chicken burritos, stir-fry, deli sandwiches, and blueberry pancakes. The exact menus vary trip-by-trip. On longer wilderness expeditions, we bring more nonperishable foods that keep well for weeks without refrigeration. On international trips, we tend to eat the local cuisine, like fresh caught grouper served at Irene’s place in Belize–delicious! Some trips, like A Taste of the Apostles, feature local foods as a special focus. Please note any dietary restrictions on your registration form.

 How does it work for a solo traveler to join a trip?

Many solo travelers join our trips. You should feel comfortable doing so. There is a good chance you will not be the only solo traveler on the trip.

 Do I need paddling experience to join a canoe or kayak trip?

Paddling trips with WI are appropriate for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. On the first day of all trips, basic paddling strokes will be taught by the trip leader. Each trip gives participants multiple opportunities to practice their skills. Participants with more experience will have plenty of opportunity to paddle during the trip, and even to help teach less experienced paddlers!

 Can I rent equipment from Wilderness Inquiry?

Wilderness Inquiry provides guided experiences. We do not offer gear rental without the guide services. We provide gear, meals, and professional guides on all trips.

 Registering for a Trip

 How long can I wait to register for a trip?

Our trips fill up at various times; the exact timing is hard to predict. If you are hoping to travel over a specific set of dates, be sure to register as soon as possible. Many of our trips fill quickly. If we are running multiple trips to a particular destination and your dates are flexible, you can wait a little longer to register. But the sooner you register, the sooner we can confirm that a trip will be running!

 What is included in the trip price?

Trip fees cover all of your needs while you are in the wilderness — including equipment, food, guides, permits, etc. You are responsible for bringing personal clothing and a sleeping bag. Personal gear can be borrowed upon request. On most trips we offer transportation to and from the starting location for a modest additional fee.

Airfare is not included in the trip price and it is the responsibility of the participants to provide their own means of transportation on any international trips.

 Can people of any age attend a trip?

Yes, absolutely! We have people of all ages join our adult trips. Young children do best on our family trips. Teens may join a family trip, or potentially an adult trip if they are accompanied by an adult.

 How can I get more information about a specific trip or program?

We try to include as much detailed information as possible about each trip on the website, so this is a great place to start. If you have additional questions, please contact us at 612-676-9400 or info@wildernessinquiry.org. Our staff are very helpful and knowledgeable!

 What are my transportation options on a WI trip?

WI will provide you with directions to your destination. For all trips, you have the option of meeting your WI trip leaders at a particular meeting place near the trip destination using your own transportation. For some trips, WI provides the option of riding in a 15-passenger van from a separate meeting place for an additional fee. Van space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Transportation options will be explained during the online trip registration process. Airfare is purchased independently from WI. Contact us if you have questions regarding transportation for a particular destination.

 Do we provide our own airfare when joining a Wilderness Inquiry trip?

Yes. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the trip meeting place. This includes airline travel when necessary. We encourage you to contact Travel One for assistance in arranging a flight. Travel One is familiar with most Wilderness Inquiry trips. Travel One can be reached at 800-247-1311 or at their website.

We encourage you to wait until the trip is officially confirmed before purchasing nonrefundable airfare. We also encourage you to consider purchasing travel insurance through Travel One or another provider.

 What if I want to switch trips after I pay?

If you would like to switch to another trip once you have registered, the following fees will be applied:

For trips in the United States:

6 weeks prior — 1st transfer is free; $50 for any additional transfer.
Less than 6 weeks but more than 3 weeks — $50 transfer fee.
Less than 3 weeks — no transfer allowed.
For trips outside the United States:

12 weeks prior — $50 transfer fee.
Less than 12 weeks — no transfer allowed.

 What are my odds of getting in off the waitlist for a trip?

Space opens on a waitlisted trip on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to register for the waitlist so we are aware of your interest, and then to call us at 612-676-9400 to discuss the specifics of the trip you are interested in.

 Who can I talk to about some personal concerns?

The best thing to do is call us at (612) 676-9400. Our staff members are ready to answer your questions in a personal and confidential manner. Our number one goal is to make sure that you and the other members of your group are safe, comfortable, and have a great trip.

 Preparing for a Trip

 What should I bring on my trip?

Once you complete the registration process and are confirmed for a trip, a confirmation packet will be emailed to you. The packet will include a detailed packing list and additional details about your trip.

You should supply your own clothing and personal items; we will supply the rest (tents, other camping equipment, meals, etc).

Requests to borrow personal gear such as sleeping bags and ground pads can usually be accommodated.

 Can I borrow equipment?

Wilderness Inquiry has an equipment warehouse filled with gear that can be borrowed for no additional cost. We encourage participants to bring their own clothing and personal gear such as sleeping bags and ground pads. Requests to borrow personal gear can usually be accommodated on a first-come, first-served based. WI also provides adaptive gear (wheelchairs, canoe/kayak seat pads, etc.) when appropriate.

 How does WI handle liability and insurance on trips?

WI is most concerned with the safety of its participants and staff. With our excellent safety record, we do our best to ensure that all members of a trip have the best experience with the safest possible parameters. WI also has liability insurance.

 Are alcohol and tobacco allowed on a trip?

We follow the basic rules of etiquette here, and also the law. If you are an adult and you smoke or enjoy a glass of wine, you may do so on most of our trips, however we do not allow these issues to become a distraction or disruption. For safety, liability, and quality group experiences, we do not tolerate abuse of alcoholic beverages, nor use by any minor or vulnerable adult. No smoking is allowed in vehicles, indoors, or in tents. No illegal drugs or firearms are permitted. If you have questions, please call.

Some of our trips for adult populations include alcoholic beverages in the menus, such as our A Taste of the Apostles trip. You may purchase your own alcoholic beverages on trips which feature meals in restaurants.

 Trip Fees and Cancellations

 What is your cancellation/refund policy?

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Your 25% deposit is non-refundable once you are confirmed for your trip. If you cancel and we receive your notice of trip cancellation:

For trips in the continental United States:
• 6 weeks prior — we refund all fees paid (minus deposit).
• Less than 6 weeks but more than 3 weeks — we refund 50% of the trip fee (minus deposit).
• Less than 3 weeks — no refund.

For trips outside the continental United States:
• 12 weeks prior — we refund all fees paid (minus deposit).
• Less than 12 weeks — no refund.

For all private group contract trips:
• 12 weeks prior — we refund all fees paid (minus deposit).
• Less than 12 weeks — no refund.

In the rare event that WI cancels a trip all fees are immediately refunded, including the deposit. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for personal expenses such as airline tickets. To protect your investment in your travel plans we recommend purchasing travel insurance. Information on travel insurance is included in your trip confirmation packet. If after registering you wish to switch trips, you may do so subject to availability. Fees may apply.

 Do you offer financial aid?

Absolutely - we believe the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors should be available to everyone. To keep our programs as financially accessible as possible, each year we raise funds to support need-based scholarships. Certain restrictions apply. Financial aid is typically not available for international trips. Click here to apply for financial aid. This website also shows a list of trips that are eligible for financial aid. Check back often, as this list is updated regularly!

 How do I pay for a trip?

Most people pay online by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. We also accept checks by mail and gift certificate redemption. A 25% non-refundable deposit is due with your registration. Your full balance is due six weeks before your trip.

 Can I purchase a gift certificate?

Absolutely! A purchased gift certificate can be applied towards any Wilderness Inquiry trip, and never expires. Click here to purchase a gift certificate.

 Can I pay more to have my own room on a lodge-based trip?

Yes, most times a single supplement is available on a lodge-based trip. Exact cost and availability depends on the trip.

 Can a person use the CADI waiver program to pay for a WI trip?

The rules of what CADI (Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals) waiver funding can be applied towards vary from county to county. We have had participants use CADI funding to pay for trip fees in the past. Applying for financial aid is an option as well.

 On the Trail

 What is expected of me during the trip?

WI trips are group oriented and cooperative in nature. If traveling in the wilderness, participants typically help out around camp, including meal preparation and clean up. Lodge-based trips tend to have more meals prepared and served in restaurants and kitchens. If you’re unfamiliar with camping, WI staff will teach you what you need to know and will assist you in whatever areas you need. Participants should expect to help out with daily camp activities based on their individual ability level.

 Are you able to handle special diets on a trip (vegetarian, Kosher, etc)?

Yes, we are able to accommodate most dietary needs. Be sure to list any dietary restrictions during the trip registration process.

The majority of the meals on most of our trips are vegetarian, as these foods tend to keep better in the wilderness. Meals that are not vegetarian typically have the meat prepared and served separately. We can accommodate a vegetarian menu on any of our trips.

Wilderness Inquiry proudly offers a Kosher menu option on our private custom trips. Kosher menus are available on our general public trips, but Kosher cook kits (in which all cooking equipment is kept Kosher) are typically not provided. All food items on our Kosher menu are certified by OK Kosher or OU Kosher - the leading Kosher certification agencies in the world. If a more specialized Kosher menu is desired, participants have the option of providing their own Kosher products. WI may be able to provide specific Kosher products for an additional fee upon request.

 How many people stay in each tent?

This depends on the trip. On most trips, tent space is plentiful and we are able to accommodate most requests. Some trips in more remote wilderness areas require us to pack-in all equipment. In these cases, we may ask participants to share a tent as appropriate. Typically, there are 2-3 people per 4-person tent.

 What level of service do trail staff provide?

Our trail staff are responsible for leadership and support on all trips. They will help participants in all areas - from setting up camp to leading hikes to lending a hand over rough terrain. Our trips are cooperative in nature, so we ask all participants to pitch in with daily camp activities to the extent that they are able.

 What are the qualifications of Wilderness Inquiry trail staff?

All of our staff are experienced wilderness leaders with current safety certifications. Each staff leader has completed an extensive training program which we conduct each season. Our leaders have a wide variety of experiences but share a passion for the outdoors and connecting with people. The positive experience with our guides on trail is consistently ranked as one of the most rewarding aspects of joining a Wilderness Inquiry trip.

 How are bathroom breaks handled during a trip?

Simply let your trip leader know when you need to use the restroom, and they will ensure your needs are accommodated right away.

There are established toilets in most of the places we travel.

In places where these facilities are not provided, we bring a portable commode on our trips, which provide much of the comfort and stability of the toilet in your house. In these cases we typically dig a pit and place the commode over it, taking care to minimize our impact on the environment. We pay special attention to privacy and hygiene, putting the commode in a secluded place, erecting tarps and visual barriers, etc. We always bring plenty of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and soap for hand washing.

Please contact us for more information about accommodations on a specific trip.


 How structured is the daily itinerary during the trip?

Most trips have planned activities throughout the experience. The exact length, timing, and order of these activities is typically flexible, but varies from trip to trip. Wilderness Inquiry staff leaders will take individual preferences under consideration, but activities will be chosen based on the best fit for the entire group. Sitting out of a particular activity is always an option. Participants can choose to use their spare time to hike, canoe, or just hang out around camp and relax. As long as staff leaders know of your intentions, most activity choices can be accommodated.

 What types of kayaks and canoes are used on your trips?

We use the 2-person, 21-foot Grand San Juan kayak, a very stable kayak, on all of our kayak trips. These are very big and carry a lot of gear, and can be used as a 3-person kayak when a participant needs to sit in the boat as a passenger. Everyone will get the opportunity to paddle and stern a boat if they want to.

On some trips we use tandem canoes. We generally use 18-foot Weenonah Champlain canoes. Kevlar is typically used on trips which require portaging.

On other trips, particularly on big open water like the Mississippi River, we use our handmade 24-foot Voyageur canoes. These boats are specifically designed for safety and stability. Each boat fits 10 people, 9 participants + 1 WI boat captain to stern.

 Family Trips

 What is the minimum age for kids on your family trips?

There is no minimum age requirement to participate on a WI trip. For a paddling trip, we require participants to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) at all times when on the water for safety. The smallest PFD we provide for children requires a minimum weight of 30 pounds. A child smaller than this weight limit would need to provide their own PFD or would be unable to participate on the trip. For most family trips, children should be able to sit comfortably in a canoe or kayak for 1+ hour at a time. This should guide whether or not a child would be a good fit on any particular trip.

For a non-family trip, youth under the age of 18 must attend with an adult family member or friend who is over the age of 18.

 Is there a discount on family trips?

Yes. All youth participants under the age of 18 pay 50% less than the adult rate on all family trips. Adult fees are typically lower than on our "adult" trips to the same destination to help family affordability. Click here to see a list of our available family trips.

 Would my teenager enjoy a family trip with WI?

There are typically a number of younger children along with a few teens on most family trips. Often a "younger" group will do age appropriate activities while older participants hike, paddle, and explore. An older teen may want to join a non-family trip with an adult over the age of 18.

 Will age-appropriate activities be offered for children on a family trip?

Absolutely. Your trip leaders will offer age-appropriate activities for children at different points during the trip.

 International Trips

 How safe are international trips with Wilderness Inquiry?

Safety is our top priority on all Wilderness Inquiry trips. We maintain awareness of all State Department travel advisories and ensure our itineraries follow appropriate routes. We have an excellent record of safety on all international trips and only run trips when we feel comfortable and confident in participants having an excellent experience.

 Is it true that if you have a DUI in the States, you may not be allowed into Canada to do a trip?

This is what we understand from the Consulate Anchorage website.

Security and enforcement at the Canada-United States border has heightened in recent years. For this reason, more U.S. citizens with past criminal charges or convictions, including DUI, are refused entry into Canada.

For more information: http://can-am.gc.ca/

 Which immunizations do you recommend when traveling to an international destination?

Prior to departure, we recommend that you check with your doctor as early as possible to ensure you are up to date on your standard immunizations. Your doctor is in the best position to recommend specific vaccinations to specific destinations.

 Do I need international travel insurance if my health insurance doesn't cover me on an international trip?

If your health insurance doesn't cover you while abroad, it is a good idea to consider a basic travel-specific insurance. We refer our participants to Travel One for travel insurance needs. You can reach Travel One at 800-247-1311 or click here to visit their website.

 About Us

 What is the mission of Wilderness Inquiry?

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, we inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. Our adventures encourage people to open themselves to new possibilities and opportunities.

 What makes Wilderness Inquiry special?

In a word, it’s the relationships. WI participants frequently tell us how amazed they are that a group of people who barely know each other can come together as a community. These experiences really do help us discover, explore and deepen relationships—with others, ourselves and the natural world.

 Who is the founder of Wilderness Inquiry?

Greg Lais and Paul Schurke founded Wilderness Inquiry shortly after graduating from St. John's University in 1978. For more information, please visit our History and Mission page.

 Where is Wilderness Inquiry located?

Our headquarters is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We lead trips all over North America and the world.

 Is Wilderness Inquiry affiliated with a larger organization?

We partner with many organizations in various capacities, but we are not legally or officially affiliated with any other organization.

 Getting Involved

 Does Wilderness Inquiry offer full-time or career positions?

Yes. Most of our hiring processes involve seasonal or part-time work, but from time to time we do have full-time openings. Wilderness Inquiry currently has approximately 15 full-time career positions. The people in these positions are dedicated professionals who perform a wide variety of functions. Wilderness Inquiry is a growing organization, so new positions are created from time to time as well.

Click here to see a list of current employment opportunities.

 How can I apply for a position with Wilderness Inquiry?

Click here to apply for full-time employment, seasonal employment, internships, or volunteer positions.

 How can I obtain hands-on experience with WI before I apply?

We encourage all prospective staff to volunteer at WI or participate in an event to find out more about us. One good way to do this is to sign up to be a Trip Assistant (TA.) TA’s go on WI trips at a reduced cost in exchange for helping out on the trip. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what our trips are about, as well as the expectations we have for our trail staff. Click here to apply for a volunteer position.

 Accessibility

 Do you serve people with disabilities?

Yes, we are very committed to integrating people with varying levels of ability on our trips. In fact, the reason Wilderness Inquiry was started was to demonstrate that people with disabilities could enjoy the wilderness just like everyone else.

Over the years, we’ve come to realize that the notion of “disability” is a very relative concept, mostly related to one’s attitude. Interestingly, integrated wilderness travel tends to destroy stereotypes people have about “disability” and helps us all recognize our common humanity.

Our philosophy is to treat each person as an individual rather than as a disability. We focus on what people can do—their abilities—not on what they cannot do. Our goal is to integrate persons with disabilities seamlessly into our trips without making a big deal about it, and we’ve been doing it successfully since 1978.

We accommodate people of all abilities. Some trips and activities are more or less accessible depending upon your situation. If you have a disability or health concern, please describe it on your confidential registration form. We review every registration form and will call you to discuss any questions we have regarding your ability to safely and successfully participate on the trip. Our goal is to deliver the best experience possible, and working to provide universal access to the outdoors is our specialty.

 How do you serve people with disabilities?

We think it’s easy to do. Some people need assistance transferring or moving about, and our staff help do this. If a person needs more assistance with things like activities of daily living, we arrange to bring along a personal care attendant.

We also use a variety of field-tested gear adaptations. For example, we developed a little device we call the “rickshaw” which quickly converts a wheel chair into a two-wheeled cart that dramatically increases mobility on rough terrain. We also have special seating adaptations for canoes and kayaks.

We work to provide a balanced group on every trip and ensure that enough support exists for anyone with a disability in need of extra assistance.

If you have a disability and you’re wondering about our ability to serve you, please call or e-mail our office. We do have various adaptive devices, and over the years we have served well over 40,000 people with a wide range of disabilities

 Does WI provide adaptive equipment to accommodate a disability?

WI provides adaptive gear (canoe/kayak seat pads, adaptive paddling equipment, etc.) to suit a wide range of needs. Please list specific accommodation requests during the trip registration process and contact us with any questions. Participants who require the use of a wheelchair typically provide their own manual chair during a trip.

 I have a child with a disability. Would a family trip be appropriate for them?

Absolutely. All of our trips strive to integrate persons with and without disabilities, including children on our family trips.


 I have a disability and require the support of a Personal Care Attendant (PCA). Can my PCA attend the trip for free?

For most camping trips within the continental United States, the answer is yes! We want you to have appropriate support from somebody you are familiar with, and we want your PCA to attend.

For most lodge-based and international trips, a PCA may need to pay reduced fee.

 Does Wilderness Inquiry provide trips specifically for people with cognitive disabilities?

Yes! Our trips intended for participants with a cognitive disability are part of our Gateway to Adventure program.

On a Gateway to Adventure trip, the group will consist of persons with cognitive disabilities and support staff. Gateway trips are designed to help participants with cognitive disabilities learn outdoors skills and have fun in nature.

Some participants on Gateway trips attend fully integrated trips with Wilderness Inquiry after learning basic skills.

 I have a hearing disability. Do I need a sign language interpreter to attend the trip?

We do ask interpreters to go on trips with our participants who have a hearing disability. If a participant is able to bring their own sign language interpreter, this typically works best. The interpreter will be able to register as a Trip Assistant (TA). TA's pay a discounted fee on most of our domestic trips. If you cannot provide a sign language interpreter, WI will attempt to find one to attend the trip. We cannot guarantee that an interpreter will be available.

 How do you accommodate persons with a visual impairment on your trips?

When we are paddling, we verbalize strokes or commands and describe scenery or whatever we are looking at. On portages, we will often pair a person with a visual impairment with a sighted person, carrying packs or equipment, to walk over portages together. We will help give a lay of the land around camp, potentially stringing ropes to different locations if desired. Guide dogs are welcome on most trips. Specific accommodations depend on individual needs and the trip chosen.

 Can I participate on a WI trip with my guide dog?

We can include guide/assistance dogs on most of our trips. On a canoe trip, the dog can lay or sit next to you in the canoe. A kayak trip is a little tricky. We have them sit behind you in the middle, or duffer seat, and some guide dogs can be skittish about sitting behind his/her master. We may fit a spray skirt around the opening in the event of poor weather, which could be cause for some skittishness. That being said, bringing a guide dog on a kayak trip can be done.

We suggest that if your guide dog has never been in a canoe or kayak, you try the experience prior to your Wilderness Inquiry trip to see how the dog behaves.

A pet life vest is highly recommended, though not required. We would ask you to provide this. Some locations with very cold water may not be the best fit for guide dogs.

We ask that you bring the dog's papers. Some destinations we travel to require these documents.

For some international trips, lodging locations are not familiar with hosting a guide dog. In these cases, we will work with you and the lodging locations to plan for a successful trip.

The participant is responsible for the dog's needs, including feeding and cleaning up.

We love dogs, but unfortunately not all trip participants do. For this reason, registered guide dogs are the only dogs permitted on a WI trip.

 I require access to electricity to use a portable oxygen machine. Is this available on a Wilderness Inquiry trip?

This would not be a problem on many of our trips. Please contact us at 612-676-9400 or info@wildernessinquiry.org for more information about a specific location.

 I have limited ability in my upper body. Is a paddling trip appropriate for me?

Most WI paddling trips will be a good fit for anyone with limited ability to paddle. Our canoes and kayaks have a center hatch that can be converted to an adapted seat if needed. We also have a variety of adaptive equipment to assist you in paddling. Our trail staff will help arrange specific accommodations to suit your needs. Please give us as much information as possible regarding your accommodation needs on your registration form.

 Can I participate on a WI trip using a wheelchair?

Due to the conditions in which we travel, manual chairs work best. Knobby tires are very helpful, as are balloon front tires. Most modern wheelchairs are adequate. We sometimes use adaptive equipment to facilitate the journey, like our fabulous “rick-shaw” device that turns a standard wheelchair into a trail machine in moments. Please call 612-676-9400 if you have questions.

 What type of wheelchair tires would be suitable for your trips?

We recommend a manual wheelchair with mountain bike tires, knobby tires or balloon tires to travel on trail. Most modern wheelchairs are adequate.

 How do I portage on a WI trip if I am in a wheelchair?

The number of portages depends on the route you take and the specific trip you choose. Portages vary in length and terrain on WI trips. Appropriate portages will be chosen based on the strength of the group.

A Wilderness Inquiry trip will encourage independence and lend support where needed. If you want to try portaging yourself, great! But there is always someone there to give you a hand over a rock or log should you need it.

 Can I bring a power wheelchair on a Wilderness Inquiry trip?

We suggest using a manual wheelchair on most of our trips, as it is easier to maneuver in wilderness conditions. Please call us at 612-676-9400 to discuss the possibility of using a power wheelchair on a specific trip.

 Can I participate in a WI trip as a quadriplegic?

Many quadriplegic persons have participated in WI trips over the years. It is easiest to assess your ability to participate on a specific trip on a case-by-case basis. For example, knowing a person's weight, ability to transfer, etc. are helpful as we plan for a safe and pleasant trip experience. Please contact us at 612-676-9400 or info@wildernessinquiry.org.

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