Disabled Paddler needs advice
Posted by: old_user on Jun-23-13 3:12 AM (EST) Category: Other Gear
Hi everyone, I am new to this site, but I would really appreciate any advice you folks could offer me.
I am new to paddling, and have so far only gone on single day trips for fun and fishing. BUT I really want to plan an overnight camping trip from my kayak. The only problem is that I don't know what to do with my wheelchair. I need to find some way to tow it behind my kayak, or other solution. Any thoughts on how to do this? Or on what kind of floatation device I would need?
I thought about having a friend drive my chair from the launch point to the camp site and back, BUT that's a lot to ask of someone and is terribly inefficient. Also that solution would mean I could only camp at places accessible by road, which would severely limit my options. Also no one wants to go camping with someone that can only camp at a few places, and with lots of help required.
I can't really leave it behind either as I would need it to maneuver at the site.
Any ideas would be really appreciated.
Thank you for your time!
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Posted by: jackl on Jun-23-13 5:55 AM (EST)
Why not try a canoo?|
Posted by: FatElmo on Jun-23-13 11:34 AM (EST)
Lots more room in a canoo than in a 'yak!
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-23-13 12:00 PM (EST)
Fantastic that you've gotten into kayaking and want to do some trips. A few things to consider:
There is no salt water near East TN|
Posted by: jackl on Jun-23-13 12:12 PM (EST)
Try a canoe ??|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-23-13 9:21 PM (EST)
I live in East TN. and you can try one of my canoes ifn you wanna. I sent you a pm, check your inbox
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Posted by: WaterBird on Jun-24-13 12:21 PM (EST)
Kayak camping is a big step up from day trips and you should think this through carefully. Your wheelchair isn't the only thing you will need to consider.
Posted by: Bster13 on Jul-19-13 10:58 PM (EST)
Would crutches be a better solution? I figure they are more stable and maneuverable on uneven ground and they would store just like a paddle on your kayak. GL!
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Posted by: bartc on Jul-19-13 11:51 PM (EST)
You have cojones to consider remote camping, but I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the idea that you seem to be considering that kind of camping alone! Kayak camping, mobility challenge, equipment - and alone? This sounds like you need to work out safety first.