August of 2018 saw the regions First Adaptive Sport Camp. Attendees came from across the province to join us and other support organizations to develop camp programs, test newly built trails and have a great time together. Our time together saw us conquer logistics problems on the aMTB trail epic, “Spine Trail”, spend a day at the brand new aMTB trails at Mt Abriel, Paddle the Arrow Lakes with friends and finish off with a dinner together at Arrow Lakes Lodge.
Day one brought us to Rosebery to conquer the one of a kind aMTB Spine Trail. Opened in 2018, the North Slocan Trail Society has opened up some amazing terrain for people with diverse abilities to gain access to some of the most spectacular views in the West Kootenays.
Day two saw us at Mt Abriel in Nakusp. With brand new, purpose built adaptive trails fresh and ready for our participants to try out. Bikes with E-Assist easily cruised the entire lower portion of Mt Abriel, while with easy access to shuttling, non E-assist bikes had a great time enjoying the newly built trails as well.
The afternoon of day two had us enjoying the waters of the Arrow Lakes. Access Revolution joined us for an afternoon of water sport fun with adaptive Paddle Boarding.
Tanelle Bolt of Rad Society was able to join us for the whole weekend, bringing her expertise of adaptive sport and accessibility to Nakusp. Interviewed here by Issac Carter of I Candy Films, we were able to have a few unique perspectives of adaptive sport in our film short.
As 2019 dates are being prepared and adaptive sport in the Kootenays is making giant leaps forward, we look back at the 2018 camp, the friendships formed and our vision of the future from this event.