The OAS Breaking Barriers Blog

Adaptive Nordic Skiing at Mt. Bachelor, three support staff with one athlete

Come Try Nordic Skiing on Community Days with OAS!

Written by: Dave Nichols Introduction Have you taken advantage of the Downhill Ski Program offered by Oregon Adaptive Sports? Did you know that OAS also has a Nordic Skiing Program at Mount Bachelor every Wednesday on “Community Days”. The snow is here! Mount Bachelor is reporting 81 inches of new snow this month, and more […]

Jack in an adaptive mountain bike barreling down a trail with a full-cover helmet and OAS staff to his side ready to assist.

Athlete Spotlight: Jack Hogan

Written by: Dave Nichols Introduction I was having dinner at a family friend’s house and I was asked, “Do you know Jack Hogan?” I did not know the name at the time. They said he was an engineer, a fellow Oregon State graduate, and he had also gone to Craig Hospital in Colorado. When I went […]


OAS Athlete: Sloan | 6 Seasons on Snow

Donate Now Your support makes stories like Sloan’s possible. Please consider making a year-end donation to support OAS. OAS Community, As we approach the end of the year, we at Oregon Adaptive Sports want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible stories that have unfolded throughout the seasons. Your support has played a […]


“The Incredible Dave Nichols”

About Dave Nichols OAS met Dave in the fall of 2019 during our inaugural partnership with Craig Hospital, the nation’s leading Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) rehabilitation facility. A resident of Portland, OR, Dave had recently returned home to Oregon after his initial rehabilitation from a TBI while climbing in the North Cascades. […]

Kade in an adaptive bike sitting with a support member in the attached part of the bike to assist in steering and pedaling. they're on pavement

Athlete Spotlight: Kade Wicklow

Written by: Dave Nichols Introduction Four years ago we moved into a new one-level house across town in SW Portland. Since the move, neighbors have been mistaking me for one of our neighbors, Kade Wicklow, who is 18 years old.   We both walk the neighborhood regularly and use the same style Drive Nitro 4-wheeled […]

OAS Team that participated in Cycle Oregon 2023. Includes OAS Staff and Volunteers along with athletes that either are visually impaired or use hand-pedal bikes.

Cycle Oregon Classic 2023 Trip Report

OAS was able to support 4 athletes for the 2023 Cycle Oregon Classic! Cycle Oregon is a multi-day supported road ride through Oregon’s most iconic bike routes. OAS supported from day 2 to day 6, Sept 11-15th,  of Cycle Oregon’s Classic, which totals up to 5 days of riding. To learn more about the route […]

Photo featuring Kathryn Nichols, Senator Taylor, Laura Core, Representative Reynolds, Senator Patterson and David Kracke

Senate bill 420

by Dave Nichols “Senate Bill 420 has passed. Governor Tina Kotek has signed it into law!” I exclaim. “Neat”, you might say. “What exactly is SB 420?”  “It’s a bill to set up Brain Injury Resource Navigation in Oregon,” I smile back. “Yes, but what does that even mean?” you ask. “Fair question,” I truthfully […]

Dave atop McKenzie Pass with a group of OAS athletes in early June 2023.

Purchasing your own equipment

by David Nichols I am proud to announce that I am continuing to improve! Last week was a big week , a major milestone has been reached, I was able to attend all of my appointments without using, bringing my Walker. OAS has played a role contributing in my progress. They have allowed me to […]

OAS instructor in a blue jacket bucketing Cory down a steep snowy terrain. Cory's smile is visible within all his winter layers and blanket from his sit ski.

A Wheelchair Accessible Bend, Oregon Travel Guide

Cory Lee a a prominent blogger/influencer was flown out from Georgia to be a keynote speaker for the Oregon Governor’s Conference. Cory is an avid world traveler who has been to all seven continents and 40 countries in a wheelchair. One thing that remained on his bucket list was skiing and this is where OAS […]

A Ski For Life student riding up in their skis in the magic carpet tunnel grinning.

Ski For Life

Challenges that life brings us daily and skiing often have parallels. We invite you to ascend with us to the Ski For Life program to see the similarities: The Ski for Life program offers four-week lesson blocks throughout the winter season to Bend, LaPine and Sisters Life Skills classrooms. Students with long term disability benefit […]

Ken in a monoski

Room to Grow

With enormous gratitude to Ken and the entire Kumlin Family, we are honored to share Ken’s story, “Room to Grow.” At Oregon Adaptive Sports, we believe everyone should have access to the life-changing benefits of outdoor recreation. These opportunities allow us to grow, to push our limits and to discover our best selves. For Ken, […]


Five years of persistence & determination!

Donate Now Your support makes stories like Dave’s possible. Please consider making a year-end donation to support OAS. by Dave Nichols: Dear OAS Community: Just over five years ago I suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. It changed my life. I was rock climbing in the in the Cascades of Central Washington and I fell. […]