Anyone who climbs - no matter your experience level - can learn new skills and help empower others to climb from the weekend-long intensive course. Climbing inherently presents crux scenarios that call for presence of mind and body – whether using a prosthesis, coping with the shifts of multiple sclerosis (MS), or overcoming the effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The trainings are an invitation to all of us – adaptive athletes, recreational climbers, climbing gym staff, and volunteers – to rethink what is possible.
Adaptive climbing clinics include a mix of classroom education, open discussions and on-the-wall training and facilitation over a two-day period. The expert anecdotes and lessons provided, as well as the systems and resources, serve adaptive athletes, climbing wall instructors, outdoor guides and therapists, and well-being advocates of all types.
Gyms that become certified will be open to accept all people with adaptive needs and can launch climbing clubs that help people transition from being climbers with disabilities to simply being “climbers.” Put another way, we want to help people make climbing a regular part of their lifestyle.
Ideal For: Anyone who wants to learn how to work with adaptive climbers
The introductory classroom session offers general guidelines on working with adaptive climbers – the things that are helpful for people with all kinds of disabilities. Paradox will go over the major categories of physical disabilities: amputations, paralysis and other common neurological disorders, visual and hearing impairment, and brain injuries. Anyone new to climbing will have many questions, and adding a disability to the mix compounds that sense of “How do I get started.” The first day of the training will help participants answer this question and become familiar with how to use adaptive climbing equipment.
Paradox will also cover:
How to Improve Gym Accessibility
Adaptive Tools: Climbing feet and other prosthetic systems
Ideal For: People who have been adaptive certified and participants with physical disabilities
Participants will get hands on instruction on Day Two, while applying all of the adaptive climbing skills learned during Day One in real situations. The group will work together and facilitate an adaptive climbing event for a group of participants with disabilities.
The community session ensures everyone has time to practice and fine-tune the new skills and techniques. Effective communication, networking, planning, trust and implementation are all keys to providing a good climbing experience.
While ice climbing, mountaineering and outdoor climbing are not covered in depth, Paradox will also help show how indoor techniques can be applied outside.
After completing the clinic, the participants and gym will have the knowledge, resources and equipment to launch an adaptive climbing program at their gym. Adaptive clubs offer new adaptive climbers a friendly way to learn the ropes and it is less intimidating joining a group of people with similar disabilities.