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  Some ideas for you
  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.

I think your first step should be to learn kayak safety and figure out whether you need to make any modfications to standard safety strategies, especially kayak reentry.

It seems clear that you will need a launch site, landing site, and campsite that are wheelchair accessible. I've never seen that myself, but perhaps it exists somewhere.

If it were me I would get an evaluation done by a disabled recreational organization. They will consider your disability, what you can and can't do, modifications that can help you, and above all, your safety.

For creative ideas you could contact Mark Theobald at Disabled Adventurers. He has been working with disabled kayakers for many years.

It seems like you would have an easier time with a companion or two. You could advertize for such a person at Craigslist. An ideal scenario would be two people in a canoe transporting your wheelchair while you paddle your kayak.

Strapping your wheelchair to the deck of your kayak may not be safe as would affect stability. Also, towing things behind a kayak (e.g., small inflatable boat) has been discussed here before and there was agreement that it is very difficult and again unsafe.

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