Adaptive Recreation: Hiking and Biking for Mobility Device Users

This U.S. Fish and Wildlife presentation by Quinn Brett focuses on trail information and trail usability.

by Quinn Brett, Program Analyst, Wilderness: Accessibility: Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs, National Park Service

A former climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park, in 2017 she suffered a spinal cord injury now paralyzed from the waist down.

Brett recently left the NPS and now works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) serving as one of seven accessibility consultants. In this position, she completes accessibility reviews for federally assisted USFWS sites, like Cameo Shooting and Education Complex near Grand Junction, and at federally conducted programs like wildlife refuges. The reviews vary per site, but she checks compliance for accessibility standards per location.

In addition to fighting for public lands, outdoor recreation, and backcountry accessibility, Brett serves on the board of Unite 2 Fight Paralysis and consults with public land managers about modifications for accessibility on mountain bike trails.

She also continues to climb, stay active and set new records.

Attached document published March 2023

About the Author

Worked as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain for 4 seasons, taught Wilderness EMT courses in the off -season for Remote Medical. Off-season pursuits globally as an accomplished mountain athlete, (first ascent on Fitz RoyFitz Roy in Patagonia). Sustained a climbing fall in Yosemite National Park October 2017, resulting spinal cord injury and paralysis from the waist down. Working in a new (one year in) tri-division role with the NPS; National Program analyst in the wilderness, accessibility, and outdoor recreation divisions. Still recreating as much as possible, first person to hand-cycle the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

from Canada to Mexico in 2021.

Contact: [email protected]

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