Challenged Athletes Foundation: Smoke’n’Fire 400
This year, four members of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) decided to take on the 400+ mile Smoke’n’Fire bikepacking route in Idaho—making them the first athletes with permanent physical disabilities to attempt the route. The foundation put together an amazing film that documents their experience, which you can watch in its entirety here…
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) supports those with physical challenges, empowering them to find community, confidence, and conviction. A big component of what they do is related to outdoor activities and sport, assisting with grants, clinics, and resources that would otherwise be difficult to access.
This September, four athletes from CAF, alongside two members of Mission43 and the Idaho National Guard, set off to be the first adaptive group to complete with Smoke’n’Fire bikepacking route in Idaho. The team included Andre Kajlich, a double leg amputee; William, an above the elbow amputee; Lucas Onan, born with an underdeveloped left arm; Mohamed Lahna, born without a left femur; and Mark Andrews and Anthony Skeesick, members of Mission43. The group has a goal of raising $40,000 for the #CAFCommunityChallenge, which you can donate to here.
CAF put together a fantastic film documenting the group’s experience. Watch it below, followed by some great shots from their time on the Smoke’n’Fire route.
About the Route
The Idaho Smoke ‘n’ Fire 400 bikepacking route is designed to explore an epic portion of Idaho’s backcountry set with big expansive views, geothermal pools, prolific river systems, mountain ranges, and abundant wildlife. Find the full route guide here.