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Your Bucket List—Unique Adaptive Adventures to Try

Looking for a little adventure? Add these heart-pounding activities and travel destinations to your bucket list to make your lifelong dreams come true.

by: ABC April, 2021 5 min read

If you’re looking to add some must-do adaptive adventures to your bucket list, there are plenty of safe and fun opportunities for those with a spinal cord injury.

Having limited mobility doesn’t prevent you from taking on many unique adventures. If you’re putting together a bucket list, consider some of these once-in-a-lifetime adaptive adventures.

Adaptive adventures for your bucket list

Any bucket list usually includes a variety of activities, tasks, and destinations you want to experience during your lifetime. While everyone’s bucket list is different, one common theme is adventure. As adaptive technology continues to evolve and advance, there will be more chances for you to experience something new and different.

Here are just a few possible adaptive adventures to add to your bucket list:

·       Scuba travel destinations: Many scuba destinations feature amazing coral reefs and exotic aquatic wildlife. Diventures offers a comprehensive travel service. Dive Pirates is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support, train, equip, and provide dive travel to individuals through adaptive scuba diving

·       Sky diving: Go from the wheelchair to the air with an activity that can give you an incredible sense of freedom. Many skydiving businesses offer tandem skydiving programs with special adaptive equipment for paraplegic or quadriplegic adventurers

·       Whitewater rafting: A common bucket list item, whitewater rafting is a heart-pounding activity that can be modified to accommodate those with a spinal cord injury safely. For instance, you can book a trip for a 5-day adaptive rafting adventure on the Yampa River in Western Colorado

·       Alpine skiing and snowboarding: Add a trip to a pristine ski resort destination to your bucket list. Adaptive skiing can be done sitting using bi-ski, dual-ski, or mono-ski adaptive equipment. Check your favorite ski resort destination and assistive programs in the area to ensure this equipment is available

·       Rock climbing: Climbing gives you the chance to learn a new skill while enjoying the great outdoors. Adaptive climbing equipment—such as handlebar-style ascenders, custom harnesses, and straps—can help you climb safely with ease. Seek the help of local climbing clubs to learn the ropes and practice climbing walls indoors before heading outside or booking a travel destination

There’s no limit to adaptive adventures

With a little research, you can find many local and national organizations with assistive programs and adaptive gear to help make your lifelong dreams a reality. Combine these adventures with travel to exotic and scenic destinations to start checking off the items on your bucket list.


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