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. While he benefited from traditional neuro physical therapies, he found them tedious and was often frustrated from his lack of progress. Two months ago, we were introduced to Dave Van Beek through his adaptive rock-climbing program at the Stronghold Gym in Los Angeles. From the very first conversation I had with Dave regarding my son he spoke only of what my son could do, not what he could not. Surrounded by his group of equally amazing volunteers Dave has literally changed our lives.

Not only has my son benefited from the physical demands of climbing but emotionally as well. Prior to his accident my son was an athlete, devastated by his injuries he slipped into depression. With climbing he has been able to break free of restraints, physically and emotionally, that have been holding him back.

My son has a newfound confidence and a passion for climbing. Something we never would have tried on our own. Dave has created a safe unbiased environment for children as well as adults to be the best they can be, to push themselves beyond what they thought they were capable of all the while believing in them wholeheartedly.

For this I am eternally grateful,

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
Email: adaptive@strongholdclimb.com

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