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    Hiking Weir Canyon Loop Trail in a wheelchair - UNSUCCESSFUL, haha



    April 2, 2012 - Wheelchair Hike at Weir Canyon Loop Trail - UNSUCCESSFUL, haha, but fun

    We're going to try this hiking/rolling thru different trails and parks. When I say we I mean Shawn, myself, and Brodie.

    I've been taking Brodie(dog) to the nearby park about 2 to 4 times a week for the past couple of years and it's always been a good time. If you haven't seen my video to Eisenhower Park you can watch it on this channel or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NDhKyGtxX8

    After doing some internet searching we decided to go down the road just a bit
    Weir Canyon Wilderness Park / Weir Canyon Loop Trail
    What I found about this trail
    Best Seasons: Year-Round
    Recommended For: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses
    Be aware of rattlesnakes
    Bring water and a flashlight - haha, a flashlight, we'll be back in plenty of time
    Ranger Contact: Santiago Oaks Regional park 714 538-4400

    I wasn't expecting the trail to be wheelchair accessible we just wanted to try it. For those that don't know I'm a quadriplegic with no movement below my shoulders so I have somebody close to me all the time. That somebody is my very strong.....smelling(haha) and good friend Shawn. I don't recommend any gimps trying to conquer the massive rolling hills of Orange, haha, we're skilled professionals. There are a few areas where the rain water eroded the trail leaving up to 6" gaps in the ground. They were not too hard to stay away from but on one down-slope my chair slid into one and need Mr. Muscles to give me a push to the left to get out. If you're wondering, NO, Brodie wasn't helping but the little guy wasn't hurting my situation either so I was glad to have him there.

    I'll have to be sure to bring more batteries for the GoPro from now on so all viewing could see our adventures. At the point of the map where it says "steep hill" my chair was sliding down the dirt rode while I had my chair in reverse the whole time. Shawn and I weren't too worried about getting to the bottom of the hill at this time, we were already thinking about how I was going to get back up. We stopped worrying about it real quick when we made it to the bottom because by the looks of the trail/dirt road we'd be able to do more exploring. Well after about 100 yards we came to a slight right turn of the trail and it was soft mud across our whole path that would have devoured my chair as soon as my wheels got near it so as you can guess it was time to head back. I had my chair in "DRIVE 2" which we think means a lower gearing. The chair is definitely slow in "DRIVE 2" so we were hoping it helped up the hill. I'd say we made it more than half-way up when the chair quit. I think the motors on my wheelchair heat up from over-working them and need a short break. Approximately 10-15 seconds and we were rolling again but only gained a few feet and two of them were sideways. Thankfully a mountain biker was going our way and gave us the help we needed. Didn't get his name but thanks man, we appreciated it. From there it was an easy roll back to the van.

    If you have any suggestions please let me hear them.
    Looking for dog friendly and wheelchair accessible
    We're in SoCal - Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties

    Hope you enjoy,
    Sean

    Photography: Shawn Goar
    Video: GoPro mounted to my chair

    MUSIC
    Artist: Ned's Atomic Dustbin
    Song: Grey Cell Green
    From the best skateboard video ever "Plan B: Questionable Video"
    Rick Howard's part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtKwvAyb4s8

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    Most Excellent report! Thanks for posting.
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    Very cool!
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    I love your adventurous spirit. It is difficult finding wheelchair accessible non-paved pathways. I generally stick with paved pathways. I am in a manual chair pulled by my dog; the non-paved paths are usually not level enough for me.

    Keep posting your videos.
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    That is awesome Dude!

    Thanks for posting this.

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    Really cool video.........where we going next?

    Enjoyed the hike, keep 'em rolling.

    My wife and youngest went hiking today in the Shenandoah Park.....Man I miss being able to climb the mountains!

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    next time azusa

    glad to see you enjoyed the shaky video, i sped it up 800x so in some aspects it looks worse than it was like the bouncing and in others like the beginning when we go thru the posts the incline is kinda steep but doesn't look it at all

    i think we're going to Azusa next, my buddy and owner/operator of SCOA Southern California Outdoor Adventures said that the West Fork of San Gabriel will be a good time, before my sci i hiked azusa with my dog a few times to a place called 'the bridge to nowhere' my dog at the time and i had great times there but that particular trail was in no way accessible for a wheelchair
    SeanKelleys.com C-3,4 Incomplete Quadriplegic

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    This is a great video. Music and animation was perfect.

    I'm a C6 quad and interested in finding accessible trails too. I just got the eMotion power assist wheels. They have opened a whole new world for me to see.

    Please keep us posted about the conditions of trails you travel. I live in SoCal too.

    I'm planning to try Torrey Pines park trails in a week.

    Happy trails . . . .

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