By Alyssa Severeid
Freedom and independence are not typically words associated with those confined to a wheelchair, but according to Jeff and Jana Swenson of Jefferson City, perhaps they should be. The Swensons, who own Action Outside, Montana’s only Action Trackchair distributorship, are proving that confinement to a wheelchair does not equal confinement from Montana’s great outdoors.
Action Trackchair, based in Marshall, Minnesota is the only US-based mass-produced trackchair on the market. Started by Jeff’s dad, Tim Swenson, due to Jeff’s own wheelchair usage, the company carries a complete line of trackchairs for children and adults. The Action Trackstander TR model even makes standing a reality.
The Swensons will have the product on display at the MATE, which will be at MetraPark February 15-17 in Billings. The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition and the Home & Health Expo is the largest agricultural trade show in Montana.
“It’s been a game changer for my husband,” says Action Outside co-owner, Jana Swenson. “When we used to go camping and Jeff was in a standard wheelchair, he couldn’t do much but sit at the campfire because of the rough terrain. With the trackchair he can gather firewood and do other tasks around the camp that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.” In Montana, the trackchair is hugely popular among outdoor enthusiasts as it allows wheelchair users to get out and enjoy outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.
But the trackchair’s usefulness goes far beyond mountainous terrain. “We just got back from vacation in Hawaii and Jeff was able to enjoy the beach. That would have been impossible in a standard wheelchair,” said Jana. Action Trackchair has recently introduced a narrow version of the chair that has limited indoor use.
For more information on Action Trackchair, visit www. actiontrackchair. com.