To Nelson from Revelstoke: by water and land

Both Bolt and Ethan Krueger left Revelstoke on July 2. The trip from Revelstoke to Nelson is 250 kilometres. Both athletes have severe spinal cord injuries and cannot walk. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
Tanelle Bolt said she had never done anything like this before. Bolt learned that she was able to exceed what she thought her physical limits were. It gave her hope for the future. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
Paddling across Upper Arrow Lake. (Photo - Jesse Schpakowski)
Ethan Krueger gets ready to bike. (Photo - Jesse Schpakowski)
The two paddled Upper Arrow Lake to Nakusp and attended a spinal cord injury retreat in New Denver, then continued along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail towards Nelson. It was 90 per cent off-road. (Jesse Schpakowski photo)
Participants in spinal cord injury retreat in New Denver. (Photo - Jesse Schpakowski)
Nine days later, they arrived in Nelson happy. They went from Slocan to Nelson in one day. (Photo - Jesse Schpakowski)
Bolt said hopefully this trek will become an annual event. (Photo - Jesse Schpakowski)

The two athletes that set off from Revelstoke last month arrived in Nelson after nine days of paddling and biking—a day faster then planned.

“The serenity of being that far in nature with nothing to focus on other than the task at hand for the day is something that most people do not get to experience. The mental break that this allowed me is invaluable,” said Tanelle Bolt, one of the athletes who lives in Invermere.

Both Bolt and Ethan Krueger left Revelstoke on July 2. The trip was 250 kilometres. Both athletes have severe spinal cord injuries and cannot walk.

The aim was to raise awareness and create a documentary exploring the idea of “what if.”

“People usually just see the chair and not the person that was before,” said Mike Riediger, executive director of West Kootenay Adaptive. He accompanied the two along the journey.

READ MORE: Disabled athletes paddle and bike from Revelstoke to Nelson

”As someone who has no physical disabilities, beyond being out of shape, pushing that distance in that short of time was tough,” said Riediger.

”Watching two friends who do have limited use of their bodies make the same trip under the same circumstances was really all it took to keep me going through the worst of it.”

Riediger continued that the film should break barriers, inspire those dreaming of connecting or reconnecting with the outdoors and show that people in wheelchairs can do “cool things.”

Prior to their accidents, the outdoors was a huge part of both Bolt’s and Krueger’s lives.

This trip, said Bolt, allowed them to make deep connections with each other.

Another aspect that stood out was the excitement shown by strangers and how their perspectives of people with disabilities shifted. “Right in front of us,” Bolt said.

Bolt said learning she was able to go above and beyond what she thought were her physical limits gave her hope for the future.

Having “half a body that you cannot feel or control” makes trips like this challenging, she said. Regardless, she would like to “absolutely” do something like this in the future again.

“Hopefully this becomes an annual trek.”

The Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association plans to go to Sweden this fall to attend a conference on physical activity, raising money to help cover the cost.

Donations are still being accepted to reach the goal of $15,000 to help pay for the documentary and the recent adventure at GoFundMe or by contacting



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

EDITORIAL: Managing wildfires

Wildfires have the potential to cause significant damage within our province

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Revelstoke’s forestry museum launches podcasts and new website

One of their summer students is working remotely

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Aug. 6

Chautauqua, CPR strike and destructive fire

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

NHL playoffs: Canucks to meet St. Louis Blues in Round 1

Vancouver takes on defending champs beginning Wednesday

Local state of emergency declared near Okanagan home

Slope failure cited as City of Penticton issues notice at home in 600 block of Heather Road

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Therapeutic art for sale at Okanagan show

17th annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale presented by Vernon Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Tech mogul growing North Okanagan’s wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in Vernon

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Most Read