Sadly the grant application for the purchase of a chair in Mt Field park near Hobart was not successful.
Has anyone got ideas about other sources of funds?
|Minister Ryan Smith leads the charge|
The Oxfam Trailwalker challenge is billed as the world's toughest team challenge - teams of four cover 100 Km in 48 hours - through wild Victorian places.
There are many all-terrain wheelchairs around and they fall into two broad categories - those that are self propelled and those that are not.
A self propelled chair will have at least three wheels and some type of mechanism to enable the rider to work the wheels with more force than a normal chair. Some are electric and one even has tracks like a tank.
What lies behind all of these solutions is that there are multiple points of contact with the ground and therefore the probability of getting into a jam where one wheel prevents the movement of another. This is the reason that wheelbarrows have one wheel.
The rider is "independent" - but in name only. They absolutely rely on helpers to get them unjammed.
The TrailRider is unique (as far as I know) in having a single wheeled approach to the jamming problem. The one wheel is almost impossible to jam. The very clear downside is that the rider is quite absolutely dependent on the helpers. No helpers means no riding. But that was really the case with multiple wheels.
There is also a psychological aspect to all this. The TrailRider is terrible if the rider cannot reach the mental place of trusting the sherpas. Even sitting still in one place needs the sherpas to heave the chair onto its kickstand. With multiple wheels the rider is fundamentally stable - the sherpas can wander off at almost any time.
As with most of life it's roundabouts and swings...
Bushwalking Victoria, who are the umbrella organisation for all the bushwalkers and their clubs in Victoria, have a new website where they give details about all the great walks in this State.
The Otways are a particularly beautiful part of Victoria where beaches and forests blend and wilderness trails abound. Just the sort of area where a TrailRider or two would be useful.
|Cumberland Falls in the Great |
Otways National Park
The Nerve Centre is the MS Society headquarters in Blackburn, Melbourne. The MS Society for Victoria, NSW and the ACT is headquartered there.
|An entire large modern building|
devoted to MS
Lysterfield Park in Melbourne saw the official launch of another Parks Victoria Trail Rider and the Wild Places DVD.
|Brad Battin and John Kenwright|
show off the chair
Welcome to the TrailRider Tales blog.
Here you will find news and discussion about the progress of the TrailRider in Australia. So far there are five in Victoria.
Not sure what a TrailRider is? Check out the "Introducing the TrailRider" page here for some background.