Churchill

Picture credit: Churchill Fellows Association of NSW

Late in 2016, I received the amazing news that I had been awarded a travelling Churchill Fellowship to explore wheelchair bushwalking in Canada, USA, UK, Finland and Germany under the Naturally Accessible framework. You can read more from my report here:

Below is a collection of fun side trips and campsites that I checked out during my travels. The idea is to show a little of the types of tracks and trails that I found worked for me using my manual wheelchair and freewheel. Enjoy!

 

Germany & Switzerland

Interlaken

From Neuhause (suburb with campsite), to the Ruine weissenau, then to Interlaken West. Then through town to another canal that Led us directly back to campsite.    

Männlichen

went from Lauterbraunen by train to Wengen, then cablecar up to Männlichen. Then walked up to summit - royal walk summit Männlichen. Walked across to Kleine Scheidegg. Then down to Wengalp (good) , then to Almend (steep). Then train back to Lauterbraunen....

Mürren

drove to Stechelberg (through Lauterbraunen). Took cable car to Mürren. Walked across to Grütschalp via Panoramaweg. Took train part way back to Wiessenegg, then walked back to Mürren. Then up to Schilthorn (also called pitsgloria)...

Finland

Hossa National Park

Camp at Karhunkainalo Campground and use sauna facilities. Walks around Huosilampi to accessible lean-on shelter and a trail to Iikoski. Kayaking at Kenttäjärvi. Camp at Muikkupuro...

Rokua National Park

Walk out to Pitkäjärvi lean-on shelter. Drive to Health and Spa Hotel and walked firstly a trail called Harjunpolku and then around lake Ahveroinen....

UK

USA

University of Michigan Arboretum

The University of Michigan Arboretum is a hidden gem in Ann Arbor. Next to the university, you step into a completely different world, with examples of different types of vegetation and habitat from around America and the world. Tracks within the area range from hard...

Argo Cascades

Created in 2012, the Argo Cascades are a series of 9 small rapids popular for locals and tourists alike to 'tube' down. This short section can be done as quickly as 10 minutes, by charging down all the rapids, or as slow as an hour meandering down with a beer. The...

Yosemite Falls

My trip through the Yosemite national park was extremely brief and I absolutely didn't do the park justice, however, I did manage to squeeze a short visit into to the main valley region. Yosemite is not only internationally famous, but it also draws a large number of...

Tuolumne Meadows

Entering Yosemite from the East, you go through the high point, Tuolumne pass, and continue onto the Tuolumne meadows. These meadows come as a stark contrast to the surrounding crags and lakes with ultra green grass and flat land. I was lucky enough to spot a few mule...

Lake Tahoe

I spent the evening camped out at Lake Tahoe, an enormous inland lake about 4 hours drive out of San Francisco. There are a few campsites on the shore of the Lake, but there's pretty popular during summertime and fill up quite. I was able to grab one of the last free...

Muir Woods

On the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods is a stunning example of old growth redwood forest. Once common throughout this region, Muir Woods is one of the few remaining examples of it so close to San Francisco. And, of course being San Francisco, you...

Canada

Ghost Valley

Only because the name is so good. Ghost Valley is between Canmore and Calgary and the Ghost Station is a pretty cool stop to refuel!  

Peter Lougheed park

The William Watson Lodge is a great base to explore the Peter Lougheed and Kannanskis regions offering inclusive facilities that work well for wheelchair users. Branching out from the lodge are a plethora of bike tracks - all bichumen - leading to lookouts, features,...

Spray Lakes Gravel Road

I was told that the Spray Lakes Gravel Road was a must-do drive through to get a feeling for what the scenery in the region was all about. Starting in Canmore, it's a nice way to get through to the Peter Lougheed and Kannanskis regions with plenty of great photo...

Arthur Wheeler Hut

On the drive across from Kelowna to Camore, the Arthur O'Wheeler hut in the Glacier National Park is an excellent place to stop. Over a century ago, this Glacial Hotel was a popular destination for people to stay and explore the park. Once up the short intial hill,...

EC Manning

I was lucky enough to join up with CRIS adaptive adventures, an outdoor guiding company helping people with disabilities tackle some of the most incredible national parks in Canada. We camped at the Lone Duck 2 Campground, a drive in campground with two bathrooms that...

Bear Creek Provincial Park

Kelowna is a town right in between Vancouver and Calgary. Being so far away from water, the weather conditions are extreme, with daytime temperates getting into the high 30s. Makes me feel that carrying my winter sleeping bag with me is a little overkill. The town is...

Juniper Beach Provincial Park

Quite possibly the strangest campsite I've ever stayed in. Smack bang between 2 railway lines, cargo trains keep the noise levels up and all through the night! Be aware that the information on the government campsite website is a little misleading. The shower...

Whistler, BC

Whistler is less than 2 hours drive from Vancouver and has an outdoor lifestyle. Having hosted the Winter Paralympics, Whistler is famed for it's inclusive environment. And it's absurdly busy during summer. I gave up very quickly dropping into the main village centre...

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is one of the main urban foreshore parks in Vancouver. Popular with walkers, cyclists, young families and more, this is one of the tracks that gives you a good sense of how the city fits around the Bay Area. The track is all flat, smooth surface of...

Vancouver on Canada Day

After a gruelling 14 hour flight from Sydney, I landed in Vancouver on Canada day. That's no light introduction to Canadian culture and the streets were crowded with people celebrating. Two main tips for landing in Vancouver airport: the ATMs are dominated by a...