First time climber, Josie from Huntsville had a blast on the Wellman chair. Her mom Catherine brought her to try out something new. As a first-time climber she made it to the top and will definitely be back for more climbing.
Veteran, Brian Liebanow from Knoxville, TN made it to 3 stops of the Adaptive Climbing Tour. He has progressed in climbing since January. He climbs with his right arm. He has decided to join the Catalyst Climbing team and take his climbing to the next level.
Delaina Parrish traveled from Florida to attend one of the events.
“This past weekend in Asheville North Carolina, I brought some of my biggest supporters to watch me take on an indoor rock climbing gym. With an absolutely incredible team of volunteers, problem-solving skills, hard-core endurance, tenacity, and a tad bit of fearlessness, I made it to the top!!!”
At the end of the tour, The Adaptive Climbers’ Festival was the ultimate opportunity for climbers who had attended one of the tour stops, to try climbing outside, together with an incredible community of other adaptive climbers. The Festival this year took place in October at Red River Gorge, Kentucky, and it was a weekend filled with great climbing and great fun!
Read all about this year’s festival in Climbing Magazine, an article written by Emily Chen-Newton (who also volunteered on the Adaptive Climbing Tour!)
Outcomes from the Adaptive Climbing Tour
As a result of the tour, there are three new chapters offering adaptive climbing in their local community. Huntsville, Al, Evansville, IN, and Bowling Green, KY are now equipped and trained to provide monthly climbing programs for individuals with physical disabilities. These programs are made possible thanks to the volunteer coordinators who stepped into the role and the climbing gyms who supported them.
In 2023, Catalyst Sports will continue to offer indoor adaptive climbing at chapters across the Southeast as well as lots of opportunities to climb outside. Find an adaptive climbing program near you!
Thank you to our Tour Sponsors: Ottobock, Petzl and Bionic Prosthetics and Orthotics
Thank to our City Sponsors:
Columbia, Farmers Bank and Trust, Crocker Law Firm, Phoenix, REI, BAC, Fruit of the Loom
Thank you to all of our climbing gym partners. We could not have done it without you!