Adaptive Climbing

Know of someone with a disability? Have them try out Adaptive Climbing.

Don't let a disability stop you or a friend from getting vertical. Whether you have a disability, know someone who may be interested, want to help others experience the joy of climbing, or are simply curious, drop by for this club. First-time gym visitors can try our adaptive climbing club for FREE; otherwise, participation is included with the purchase of a day pass, or with Stronghold membership. Scroll to the bottom of this page to register as a participant.

Volunteers Wanted!

Would you like to help support our Adaptive Climbing Club? Sign up as a volunteer belayer here!

Rock climbing without hands? Local kids with hand differences show us how it's done

Despite physical challenges that would discourage most of us from attempting to tackle rock climbing, these local kids living with hand differences show us what it takes to reach new heights. Watch the video.

Letter From CATCH Participant's Parent

August 29, 2018

To whom it may concern,

My name is Arjuna Soriano and I am the father of Miles Soriano, a participant in the CATCH adaptive climbing program at the Stronghold Climbing Gym.

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A Letter From Jeremy's Dad

Ten months ago, my 14-year-old son was injured in a bicycle accident. He suffered a traumatic brain injury causing his central nervous system to not work properly leaving him with the inability to feel or use his legs.

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Adaptive Climbing FAQs

First-time gym visitors can try the club for FREE (instruction, day pass, and gear rental is free that day); otherwise, participation is included with the purchase of a day pass, or with Stronghold membership.

We accept any person with any level of disability

We accept anyone with any level of disability. We do our best to give everyone some kind of climbing experience regardless of the severity of their disability. Come in and we'll give you an assessment and see what we can achieve together. 

We have many climbers who use wheelchairs. Some climb the climbing wall and some use our adaptive chair system. 

No experience necessary, our team of instructors will teach you from the ground up.

We have technical climbing equipment and setups that allow us to assist many different types of climbers. 

No. You can drop in and climb any time between 5-10pm.

No. Our youngest climber is 4 years old and our oldest is in her 70s. 

Yes everyone who enters the gym to climb must fill out a waiver at the front, or fill it out online before arriving.

About Zack - Adaptive Program Coordinator

Zack has been a part of the Adaptive Climbing group at Stronghold every Thursday night for over a year. Now he has the chance to teach these skills to participants and volunteers alike.

Zack grew up climbing in Joshua Tree, and has coached and worked with youth across LA and OC for over 20 years. He established Keep Reaching Adventures, a non-profit 501c3, to help kids of any and all abilities develop their climbing and social skills and now aspires to continue helping people from all paths of life the opportunity to send.

Adaptive Climbing

Every Thursday Night!
5 PM - 9:30 PM

Whether you are interested in volunteering to help with the Stronghold's Adaptive Climbing program or participating yourself, be there to find out more!

Contact us for more information

Facility Waiver

All participants (climbing, fitness or yoga) must have a signed waiver. Minors (17 years and younger) must have a waiver signed by one of their parents or their legal guardian (sorry, aunts and uncles and older siblings, you've got to have Mom and Dad do it). You can also fill it in when you come at one of our waiver terminals, but filling it out online before you come in will make your first check-in easier.

Online Waiver