This article was first published at the Travel Massive website. Many thanks to their editors for providing a platform for travel interests of all kinds, around the world.
Lots of trail guides and magazine articles provide information about the compelling reasons to visit any certain area. What is consistently missing is information about trail surfaces. Whether you have a disability or simply enjoy the outdoors you can be make a difference to others by noticing and then sharing with others details that are included in the article below.
My Story of Hiking with Mobility Challenges
Travel Massive article:
Some people think that because I have written a number of trail guides I must be a super hiker. In fact, there was a time in my life when walking across a room was an insurmountable challenge. While healing has come after disastrous brain surgery that saved my life yet left my right side paralyzed, I still require support to navigate uneven surfaces: bumpy sidewalks, crowded airport terminals, or rooty or rocky outdoor spaces.
One of the most important factors that dictate whether I can safely manage an outing is asking about an area ahead of time. To safely navigate an outdoor trail, I need to know about trail surfaces Easy Walks, that is, not too many roots or rocks, relatively level, with something of interest along the way.
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Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.
3 responses to “Hiking with a disability”
I suffered a stroke in January 2022. Up until then, I was an active 64 year-old backcountry skier and hiker. This past year of recovery, regaining the ability to walk like a drunk, trying not to slur my words too badly, and attempting simple, infantile movements with my spastic left arm & hand, has been humbling. Fortunately, I have been very blessed this year, and reconnected with a dear, old friend, your sister, who shared your writing. Thanks for the outreach, your writing is making a difference in people’s quality of life ❤️
Thank you so much for sharing a small portion of your experience and letting me know about it. My sister Beth has a huge heart so I am doubly grateful to know something we did is being a source of encouragement. Prayers for your continued recovery.
It looks like I never responded–so sorry. I was to grateful to know my sister–Beth, I believe, has made a difference in your life, and shared my work as an effort in encouragement. Continued healing and letting me know that I could offer a very small piece of encouragement–God bless.