The OAS Blog

Backyard Naturalist: Week #1

Where YOU get to be a naturalist in your own backyard. by Matt Porter OAS Staff Now more than ever, we need things that help to make us feel grounded. When the pandemic began to show it’s effects and time seemed to slow down, I was reminded that the natural world was still in full […]

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What if I’m not thriving?

A COVID-19 Survival Guide. By Leah Persichelli OAS Staff Welcome to the thrive guide! Say what?  You say you’re not thriving?  Not baking sourdough bread, having family game nights, and doing virtual CrossFit?  Well then, welcome to my personal “Survive Guide” where the Instagram version of COVID-19 quarantine does not exist.   Here we embrace the […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Chair Yoga

Strengthen Your Inner Landscape with Chair Yoga. With outdoor access starting to open up and each of us responsibly emerging from this sedentary time, stretch out your body as if you are a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. Reference Carl Dawson’s Chair Yoga Image for suggested ways to release tension in the body. Yoga includes […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Rockridge Park

New routes highlighted weekly.  by Hayley McClure OAS Staff If you’re a High Desert Spring enthusiast like me, and on the lookout to catch a few native wildflowers while they’re still in bloom, now is the time to check out Rockridge Park!  I ventured out to visit this park for the first time, and am […]

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Catching up with OAS Paralympian Ravi Drugan

From Santiam Pass to the Swiss Alps by Pat Addabbo OAS Executive Director Ravi Drugan is a household name for many Oregon Adaptive Sports community members, but in recent winters we’ve been missing Ravi’s presence at our home mountains of Mt Bachelor and Hoodoo for much of the season.  That’s not because Ravi hasn’t been […]

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Adaptive Ski Equipment Inspection

Take care of your gear, so it can take care of you. Inspecting your gear before, during, and after the season can help to minimize downtime and prevent injury from equipment malfunctions. Manufacturer’s literature on equipment care should be followed if it is available. This is a simple outline for ideas on what to check […]

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Disability Inclusion 101

Want to be inclusive but don’t know where to start? Start with these tips. by Ashley Schahfer Accessibility Advocate + OAS Athlete ACCESS ISN’T JUST PHYSICAL: Disability is a social construct, a majority of access barriers are designed elements of the built environment. From stairs to trails we have designed our world to fit the […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Mountain Meditation

Start your week off right by strengthening your inner landscape. by Kadee Mardula OAS Staff Kadee leads us on an exploration for stability and grounding through beloved mountains. Visualize the transition through the seasons and bring the stability of the mountain into your being. Practice 2: Mountain Meditation Video Description: Meditation for stability and grounding.  […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Loops from McKay Park

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff If you live on the west side of town or near the Old Mill, this route may already be part of your daily routine, I know it’s part of mine. But despite its popularity, it still remains one of my favorite routes around town. Since the […]

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Tips for Better Individual Fundraising

Grant funding can be competitive, make sure you’re maximizing your efforts with these tips. by Pat Addabbo OAS Staff Individual Grant Funding Hopefully you’ve already checked out our post about foundations that provide funds for individuals to acquire things like adaptive sports equipment.  If you’re ready to take the next step, we’ve provided some tips […]

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Transitioning Equipment from Summer to Spring

Learn to properly store your winter gear + prep your summer gear. by Matt Porter OAS Equipment Manager Although this spring has been a bit different, it is a great time to get your gear ready and transition from winter to summer activities. Below are some resources for learning how to properly store your winter […]

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Mindfulness Monday: Square Breath

Start your week off right by strengthening your inner landscape. by Kadee Mardula OAS Staff Our mind and body work together seamlessly, usually, to achieve our goals in outdoor recreation. Kadee walks through accessible practices to strengthen the mind-body connection and to generate more awareness within yourself. Use this forced time of looking inward to […]

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DIY Pole Pedal Paddle Challenge

Join us Saturday, May 16th 2020. by Kellie Standish OAS Staff Sadly, this year’s PPP is cancelled, but we still want to remotely bring the community together to celebrate outdoor recreation with people of all abilities! Join us for the first ever (+ hopefully last) DIY At Home PPP Challenge, where you come up with […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Larkspur

New routes highlighted weekly. by Hayley McClure OAS Staff While social distancing precautions are in order, it is still so very important that everyone has access to getting outside and staying active for our mental and physical health. In this Thrive Guide series, we hope to support your recreation goals by featuring some accessible urban […]

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How to Fund Your New Mountain Bike/Sit Ski

Fundraising for Personal Adaptive Sports Equipment and Adventures Bookmark this page as we will continue to update this resource.  Be sure as well to look for our follow up post next week on grant writing tips! by Pat Addabbo OAS Staff The adaptive sports industry is supported by several foundations and organizations that provide funding […]

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