The field trips of the Etgar (Challenge) club have changed the hiking map for those who did not believe they could hike again. Etgarim is the first organization in Israel to take the physically challenged into the great outdoors. These challenging field trips implements the vision of Etgarim, of integrating the disabled community with the rest of society, providing equal opportunities to enjoy nature and experience the outdoors. The trips enable participants to arrive with their spouses, children or friends, and take part in a challenging field activity, just like anyone else.
The field trips are held once a month and are usually overnight. The trips are led by licensed guides, who have in depth knowledge of the history and geography of the sites, and are accompanied by volunteers. Participants camp out and do their own field cooking. Each trip visits a different site, accessibility being the main criterion for choosing the area. The activity is suitable for any kind of disability, even for participants in wheelchairs. The trips emphasize the adventurous element as well as the social element, incorporating challenging activities such as rappelling, flying fox and tent setting to maximize the experience. To enable even the severely handicapped to enjoy the hiking trails, Etgarim has introduced the Gilgulon, an adapted rickshaw-type cart, similar to a wheelbarrow, which is carried by other participants. With only one wheel the Gilgulon can go anywhere, including places where there is no paved path, The Gilgulon enables organizing collaborative trips for the disabled population along with the general public. Etgarim possesses five Gilgulons that can travel the various trails across the country.