Author: Gene Rodgers

  • Book


    This book is more than an inspirational memoir of a man’s triumph over tragedy. It is the life story of Gene R. Rodgers, an ordinary man who, with the help of his extraordinary friends, builds an incredible life.

  • Skiing in Santa Fe

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    While living in Santa Fe, NM I loved skiing in the Santa Fe ski basin. I start this video showing me, on the job, as a ski lift tester. We then show some of the beautiful Santa Fe ski basin and end with a really quicker run down the mountain. Thanks to Doug and Don and all the other volunteers at the Santa Fe adaptive ski program.

  • Adventure Stories – Scuba


    I celebrated my newly acquired diver certification by booking a dive trip in the Dutch Caribbean. I stayed at the wheelchair accessible Flamingo Resort on the island of Bonaire about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

  • Adventure Stories – Cliff


    Our adventure began with a 2- hour road trip to from Santa Fe to Socorro, New Mexico. Our destination was Box Canyon, 6.5 miles beyond Socorro.

  • Adventure Stories – Peru


    Peru is a South American country famous for its Inca ruins. The most famous of which is Machu Picchu. Nestled high in the Andes, it wasn’t discovered until 1911. Now it has become the object of my quest. I planned on going to Peru in February. Since it is south of the equator, it was…

  • Ice-cream Angel

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    I don’t know how long I was sitting there, observing all the Easter decorations, all the people wearing their finest Easter clothes, the vendors hawking everything from flowers to ice-cream, the mariachis rounding out the ambiance. My casual observations were interrupted by a little girl, perhaps no more than 6 years of age.

  • Adventure in Cuba

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    My adventure started as a conversation with my friend Mark, another wheelchair user, with whom I made an expedition to Mount Everest base camp years previous. He was a seasoned traveler and the kind of guy who could always find the bright side in questionable situations.

  • Knowbility


    Knowbility is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote Internet and digital accessibility. We worked with Knowbility in several capacities.

  • Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD)


    The biggest project that I worked on with Dennis was Team Everest 03. Dennis decided he wanted to change the world’s perception of what people with disabilities can do. To that end he found a mountain climber, Gary Guller, who had lost an arm in a climbing accident. They worked out a plan to get 10 people with disabilities up to Mount Everest base camp, at an elevation of 17,900 feet.

  • ADAPT


    Many ADAPT activities include protests. As a manager of an Independent Living Center, in Albuquerque, I wasn’t sure we should be involved in such activities.