If you ever wanted to be a sherpa but found Mount Everest a little too daunting, now's your chance.
The British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS) is looking for volunteer helpers for a hike up Teapot Hill Sunday.
The BCMOS is an adaptive hiking program which helps disabled people access the Lower Mainland's many recreational opportunities.
The organization recruits volunteer 'sherpas' to operate a one-wheel off-road wheelchair called a TrailRider, a BCMOS invention that re-imagines a wheelchair as a humanpowered off-road vehicle. With one volunteer at each end, it has been likened to a cross between a rickshaw and a wheelbarrow. The TrailRider has twice reached Everest Base Camp, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro three times, and made it along Vancouver Island's notorious West Coast Trail.
This Sunday, the group is leading a unique hike to Teapot Hill by Cultus Lake, with a pair of TrailRiders and a number of volunteer sherpas. A few more helping hands (sherpas) are still needed from the Chilliwack area to assist the hike. To help support the event, contact Anya McRae at email@example.com to join the hike.
McRae-who has Post Polio Fatigue Syndrome-is herself a TrailRider hiker.
She is looking forward to her hike on Sunday-but says what would make it perfect would be to "use the experience to inspire people in the community to come together and to include people with disabilities in outdoor activities."
Sunday's hike will pass through groves of mixed deciduous and coniferous trees on a trail that climbs 280 metres in just over two kilometres, to a summit that offers stunning views over Cultus Lake and along the Columbia Valley towards the United States. Everyone is welcome to observe or hike along.. The hike meets at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the parking lot of Teapot Hill trailhead, off Columbia Valley Road.
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