Wheelchairs and wilderness

Schultz, Erik
December 2005
High Country News;12/12/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 23, p21
The article shares the experiences of the author on ways in which he was able to preserve his love for outdoors despite his disabilities. Years ago when the author was skiing in the Hoover Wilderness near Yosemite in California, he missed a turn on a steepy icy slope and fell into a rock gully, crashed his spinal cord and became disabled. Along with the physical setbacks, he also suffered bouts of depression but his love for the outdoors remain unchanged as Americans have a long tradition of seeking solitude, peace and redemption in the wilderness. Wilderness helped him to heal both physically and mentally and it helped him to get life back together.


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