Green Mountain Adaptive Sports sponsored a two-day workshop for indoor rock climbing coaches and volunteers to foster the inclusion of athletes with disabilities in their programs. Coaches representing five rock climbing gyms (MetroRock, StoweRocks, Elevate, Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, and MetroRock Littleton) participated along with volunteers who will be working with the gyms’ adaptive climbers.

The training was presented by clinicians from Experiential Systems. Carla Hacker and Andy Brash led the group in exploring the philosophy and concepts of Universal Access in a series of stimulating and thought-provoking activities that provided a foundation for establishing successful adaptive programs. The clinic also included hands-on climbing wall practice simulating a number of common disabilities and specialized rigging techniques. 

The workshop was funded by a grant from The Oakland Foundation and a Spark Connecting Community grant from the Vermont Community Foundation

To read more about the clinic, click here.
To view the recording of a short part of the workshop, click here.

To make a donation to support Green Mountain Adaptive Sports in hosting future coaches’ clinics and workshops to help foster the inclusion of athletes with disabilities in their programs, click here.