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.

Miles has a neurological condition called Dandy-Walker. His cerebellum, the part of his brain that controls global motor movement and coordination, is a third of the size of normal. This severely limits his physical dexterity. He is 9 years old and unable to walk unassisted. He has decent use of his upper body although his movement is jerky and a little uncontrolled at times and he has limited control of his trunk and his legs.

The CATCH adaptive climbing program is the highlight of our week and it has been a wonderful resource for Miles in a few different ways.

Physically, he is forced to coordinate all of the parts of his body. He needs to purposefully control the position and placement of his trunk and his feet in order to be able to climb.

He has made many physical advancements since starting the program. He is now able to walk while only holding one of my hands with much more confidence. His stamina for walking and swimming has also improved. He can now swim the entire pool in his swim therapy class.

Emotionally, he has very few opportunities to physically accomplish something on his own. Swim class is great because he can swim unassisted but the adaptive climbing program allows him to scale a very tall wall. This invaluable in boosting his self-confidence and giving him a sense of achievement and the impact of this is immeasurable.

Dave and the volunteers are wonderful with Miles and have encouraged him to achieve beyond what he thought was possible just a few short months ago.

My family is grateful for this wonderful resource and look forward to all of the great things that Miles will do in the program.

Arjuna Soriano

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