I'm partially handicapped, and sometimes can only walk short distances without the use of a wheelchair, especially outside.
I like to take walks alone in the winter (especially to see winter birds), but I don't have the strength or balance to walk alone on paths with snow; and I can't always ambulate in my wheelchair by myself on snowy paths. I can drive the back wheels myself with my hands, especially if I put my thick "winter wheels" on. However, the front wheels sink in the snow and get stuck.
I've heard that gear exists to enable the front wheels to move smoothly along the snow, but I haven't seen it or met anyone who has used it.
I'm only looking for something to help me on paths where the snow is fully packed or has up to a few inches of powdery snow-cover. I'm thinking about
- using existing paths where the snow is mostly, but not necessarily completely, packed down
- creating new paths in areas where there are no more than a few inches of snow
- having a way to get home if it all of a sudden starts to snow when I'm out
My ultimate goal for the gear would be something that
I can attach/detach on my own
doesn't weigh more than a few pounds
isn't too bulky, in case I want to keep it in my lap for part of the trip
I'm not asking for brands or prices. I want to know if gear like this exists, and if so, what criteria I should look for when making my choice. If there is no such thing, that's a valid answer.