The ACCVI's TrailRider Hiking with the Disabled Program was founded by longstanding local ACC member Gerry Graham in 2006. We take disabled people hiking on local mountain trails, using our TrailRider, an amazing, non-motorized, one-wheeled device.
How the Program Operates
TrailRider events appear on the Alpine Club of Canada/Vancouver Island schedule.
Most of our outings are in parks within the Capital Regional District. The degree of difficulty ranges from low (Elk Lake, Swan Lake/Christmas Hill) to moderate (Mt. Douglas, Thetis Lake, East Sooke Park) to difficult (Mt. Wells and Mt. Work).
The TrailRider can be operated with a minimum of two sherpas (one in the front and the other in the back), but we usually require four or five fit and energetic sherpas for our outing. This number can double, however, if the terrain is challenging.
Caroline Tansley, Coordinator. Tel. 250-886-8038. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some photos and a couple of video clips from our May 16, 2009 TrailRider outing at Royal Roads are posted here. A Shaw 3-minute TV segment which has been posted on Youtube. You can also read an article about the 2008 TrailRider year in review in the latest edition of Island Bushwhacker, on pps. 75-76.
We have acquired our own Black Diamond TrailRider unit, thanks to generous grants from:
- Royal Roads Running Club
- Saanich Legacy Foundation
- Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Island Section.
In addition, a number of individuals have made generous donations, including:
- Yan Lyesin
- Colleen Kasting, in memory of her partner, Ted Davis, who died in August 2007
- Mike Hubbard
- Jim Legh
- Dunnery Best
- Mary Ellen Graham
- John Gibson
We continue to seek donations which will allow us to purchase spare parts and finance repairs for our TrailRider. Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Alpine Club of Canada/ Vancouver Island Section's TrailRider Fund, click on this Donation Form link.