Jess Sporte embodies her last name (pronounced just like sport). She has played wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and tennis, and three years after moving to Colorado, Jess found a new community in climbing and Paradox Sports. While her body may look different, her climbing experience is like anyone’s: it’s about finding the next move.
Starting in 2020, the Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences program will provide over $2 million worth of funding and project management to the 540,000-acre Darrington District in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie. Known for its glaciated peaks and old-growth forests, this spectacular region is home to threatened river runs for steelhead and salmon, and is the ancestral land of tribes including the Stillaguamish, Tulalip, Sauk-Suiattle, Upper Skagit, and Swinomish.
National Forests across the country provide facilities for people with mobility challenges. The following highlight a range of activities and ecosystems. Lifetime Interagency Access Passes are available at no cost to people with permanent disabilities, allowing free or reduced rates for campgrounds, day-use areas, and programming on federal public lands.
Babb and his team have developed the AdvenChair—a modified wheelchair with bigger tires, high-grade aluminum components, and a design that enables a small team to guide a rider through steep terrain. Today, Babb is continuing to refine the design and hopes to attract investors so more people with disabilities can access and enjoy the outdoors beyond paved surfaces.