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Wilderness Inquiry

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Support youth like Paul, born with cerebral palsy, in the discovery of personal abilities, courage, and confidence to face life's challenges, through integrated wilderness adventures.

Real Life



There was a moment on his first Wilderness Inquiry trip when Roger P. wondered what he'd gotten into. He was in a canoe for the first time since his spinal injury two years before, and the wind was tossing the boat around. He and his fellow paddlers were only halfway through a choppy open water crossing, and their choices had narrowed to paddling hard or letting the weather guide the boat. With an unplanned swim a real possibility, Roger put his head down and his back into it. Before long, Roger found himself safely on the other shore, looking back at the other canoes in his group still struggling in the wind. That moment, he now recalls, "was the first time in what felt like a long time that I had the upper hand, where I could push it, and felt strong."

"For me," Roger reflected, "this was the point where I got past the stage of discomfort; that feeling I should feel careful, awkward, and uncomfortable about being in a wheelchair. It was on this trip I realized there are just different ways to do things. This let me move past the uncertainty about what I could and couldn't do, and let me rebuild my courage."

Roger continues to travel, and has recently picked up whitewater kayaking. In the near future he plans to join a WI trip to Kenya.