History

The Story of Splore Begins on the Colorado River in 1977

the 70’s
While studying therapeutic recreation, our founder Martha Ham traveled to California to work with Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC), an organization that helps individuals with disabilities participate in recreational activities such as river rafting. After returning to Utah, Martha discovered that there wasn’t a similar organization here, so recognizing the need for accessible outdoor adventures, she decided to start her own organization.

the 80’s
Splore became one of the central non-profit organizations serving individuals with disabilities in the state of Utah.  We acquired coveted commercial permits on Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest land, as well as for sections of the Colorado and Green Rivers.  These permits continue to be the backbone to the services we provide.

the 90’s
Splore significantly expanded the year round programs in Salt Lake, including climbing, canoeing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, which led to a significant increase in the number of participants served.

the 00’s
Splore moved to a new professional office building, increased the number of paid staff, increased the number of participants, and generated high-profile community partnerships.

Now
In 2017, Splore joined the National Ability Center  in order to provide an even wider variety of adaptive adventure programs as well as adaptive outdoor sports, recreation and education programs all in one place! Splore Outdoor Adventure programs continue to stay true to its core, mission, and heart in order to continue changing the lives of clients, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Who are The Disgusting Brothers?

At the end of the first season additional funds were needed to make ends meet. Volunteers Sam Falsone, Steven Mimnaugh, and Curt Crowther decided to form a band called The Disgusting Brothers, which played Splore’s first fundraiser. They offered unlimited Chinese food, quality beer, and rock ‘n roll. It was a huge success and was repeated for the next several years. The band always donated its proceeds to Splore and was largely responsible for Splore’s ability to keep providing programs during the early years.

The Disgusting Brothers still continue to play benefit concerts for Splore and other nonprofits in the Salt Lake area. There’s no group with more heart and soul than the DBs. Splore thanks you!