Best Practices for Implementing an Adaptive Hiking Program

Adaptive hiking provides powerful therapeutic and healing benefits; it is also a productive and approachable entry-point to other recreational opportunities. In this hands-on session we’ll hit the trail — virtually! You’ll learn best practices for implementing an adaptive hiking program as you hear from experienced adaptive hikers and learn about different equipment.

Whether scaling up thousands of feet of elevation, zipping along a river trail, or rolling through a secluded desert path, the combination of fitness and fresh air makes hiking an ideal adaptive sport. For many people with disabilities, particularly those not drawn to team-based or competitive sports, hiking offers exercise and recreation along with an opportunity for socialization.

While many adaptive sports programs offer general outdoor programming, only a handful have implemented adaptive hiking. Starting an adaptive hiking program is tremendously beneficial to organizations and individuals alike—and it may be easier than you think! Whether you are looking to improve pre-existing adaptive programming or are starting fresh, we’re here to give you the tools you need.

Speaker: Tish Scolnik – Co-founder and CEO of GRIT Freedom Chair

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