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Adaptive Climbing

Next Event: Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 10am-1pm

To get on our Adaptive mailing list for future events, please send a note to Josh Giblin.

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 systems 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 generally 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 during the events. 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!