When you’re traveling with a disability, many venues will go the extra mile to provide wheelchair access for those who need it.
This summer, my friend and I were delighted to find that the wonderful people running the Summit Skyride at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park do exactly that.
Here are a few tips I highlight in the video below:
- Check out access before you go.
- Be prepared to be flexible in case #1 doesn’t work out.
- Sherpas (that’s what my friend calls me)—be sure to bring a backpack to remain hands-free while carrying all the goods.
- Extra oxygen tanks and bottles of cold water fit really well in #3.
- Keep a bike lock on the wheelchair in case you need to leave it somewhere.
- Tie a small fold-up stool to #3 in case #5 is actually true.
- Push the envelope of adventure.
- Be kind to others while you do.
- Keep a great sense of humor and have a ball—no matter what happens!
My friend and I found that the staff on the Stone Mountain Skyride love to have riders in wheelchairs! In this video clip I show how they provided a ramp for my friend, and let us get on before everyone else—so we had a great front row seat for all of the beauty ahead.
Once we got off at the top, we had a wonderful time tooling around “The Rock.”
Getting up the Skyride on Stone Mountain with a wheelchair was a breeze—since the staff was so helpful and the mountaintop facilities filled with handicap-accessible amenities.
Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind if you’re planning a trip similar to this:
- Make sure you have plenty of cold water if you’re going to be out in the sun and heat. At this particular destination, the top of Stone Mountain (aka The Rock) is very hot in the summer.
- Speaking of sun and heat—take your sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
- Also remember to carry a snack or two, in case you don’t have access to food. This is especially important if you have conditions such as diabetes. Fortunately, there are wonderful concessions at the top of Stone Mountain—but you can imagine they are quite pricey and not all mountaintop parks will have them.
- If you’re able to ambulate and want to stretch your legs, take an assistive device like a cane or walker to help you get around.
- Take breaks as needed. The sights aren’t going anywhere and you don’t have to see everything at once.
- If you get overheated, a paper towel drenched with icy water from the fountain makes a wonderful compress for your forehead and neck.
- If you’re traveling to higher altitudes, take this into consideration if you have difficulty breathing.
- Take lots of pictures so you can brag about the triumphs of your adventure!