Wilderness Inquiry’s integrated trips were featured in The New York Times, chronicling the many stories of people of all abilities pushing their boundaries in the wilderness. The theme running throughout the article is one that is shared so often following our trips, one of perceptions and obstacles that are overcome with the spirit and camaraderie that the wilderness engenders.
Several of the participants share how their time in the woods affects their time back in “society,” having built confidence and skills along the way. As a piece of our history and glance into why we constantly pursue our mission, this is a wonderful read.
… As Greg Lais, the executive director of Wilderness Inquiry, says: “Society tends to put people in little boxes. These trips are a way of letting people out of the box.” Mr. Lais emphasizes, however, that Wilderness Inquiry, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn., runs trips with, not for, the disabled.
“Our adventures involve disabled and non-disabled people,” he said, “Each trip includes people with mixed abilities: Maybe two in wheelchairs, two who are sensory impaired — blind or deaf — two who have some other disability but can ambulate on their own; then any number of able-bodied people.
“Someone who is blind,” he continued, “helps push someone in a wheelchair across a trail, who, in turn, sees for the blind person.”
Mr. Lais pointed out that adventurers need no special training or preparation for their trips, just a positive attitude…
Check out the full article here.
New York Times, 7/5/87