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Adaptive Climbing

Next Event: Sunday, December 5, 2021, 10am-1pm

For more event details see our Event Protocols.

At the Lindseth Climbing Center, we welcome people with disabilities that want to take advantage of our climbing opportunities. Climbing offers both mental and physical challenges for beginners and experts alike. Through staff support, instruction, and special gear systems, we can work with the abilities that each person brings to help them achieve their climbing goals. Climbing is for anyone!

Adaptive climbers can receive support in the form of coaching from the ground, physical guidance as appropriate from supporters on the ground or even on an adjacent rope, counterweight system to relieve effort during wall climbing, or mechanical advantage systems that will allow you to climb high on the ropes themselves. Adaptive climbers will use harnesses and climbing shoes like any other climber, and we have a variety of harnesses to suit a variety of climbers. You bring your curiosity and spirit, and we’ll figure out what support is most appropriate!

Adaptive Climbing Events will be held monthly. At the event we will have adaptive systems available to explore, as well as dedicated staff for belaying and coaching.

All adaptive climbers and their supporters will be able to use the facility and gear for free. Climbers will work with the Wall Manager to get set up in our system and discuss access and training options.

Not sure if climbing is right for you?Come to one of our events, bring your friends, and have a look for yourself. At Cornell Outdoor Education, we strongly believe in “challenge by choice,” and will never make you do something you are not comfortable with. We are looking forward to climbing with you!

Event Protocols

All program participants must watch our Orientation Video and sign our Liability Waiver, which can be completed in advance or in person. Links can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

Face masks are required at all indoor events by all attendees, regardless of vaccination status.

Students and Employees

All attendees who are current Cornell students or employees must show their Cornell ID for admission to the event. Cornell employees attending indoor events must complete the Daily Check prior to attendance.

Community Members

Attendees who are not current Cornell employees or students (such as alumni, visitors, invited guest speakers or performers, parents, community members, third party event attendees and others) must bring photo ID and provide one of the following when arriving at an event:

  • proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine (Excelsior Pass encouraged, but photo, screenshot or copy of vaccination card are acceptable);

  • results of a negative FDA- or DOH-authorized PCR, rapid PCR, or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the event start
  • an FDA-authorized antigen test performed on a specimen collected within six hours of the event start.

Child Attendees

Attendees ages 12 and older must also present proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival at the event. Photo ID is not required if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children younger than age 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result; however, all such individuals must wear a mask when attending indoor and outdoor events, even when physical distancing can be maintained.