Last year, Paradox Sports published the First Edition of our Adaptive Climbing Manual. Since then, we have been gathering feedback and refining the book so we can offer the public a quality resource for adaptive climbing. We’ve finally sent the Second Edition to the printer and will be distributing the book soon! But first, here is a sneak peek, written by Chris Read from the Adaptive Sports Center.

“This book focuses on providing climbing experiences, but a skilled instructor and aware participant can transcend the climbing experience and promote therapeutic outcomes to enhance the participant’s physical, social, cognitive, and spiritual well-being.

The instructor should realize that the activity can be therapeutic without being called therapy. (The term “therapy” may carry a stigma with the participant.) For all populations, not just the adaptive climber, much can be achieved through realistic goal-setting and thoughtful instruction.

Climbers may realize how to use muscle groups in a unique or new way, enhancing fi ne and/or gross motor skills and flexibility. They may realize they don’t need as much assistance as anticipated, inspiring confidence. They may become determined to be better climbers and begin a fi tness plan, improving overall wellness. They may further problem-solve in the social, cognitive, and spiritual realms, increasing independence. All of these possibilities are therapeutic in nature, have unlimited potential, and have the ability to enhance the climber’s life away from the sport.

The raw nature of the activity often will offer an organic setting to show emotion. At the social level, the intensity of the activity encourages the participants to be themselves, promoting self-awareness, and can strip away the masking that may be part of their everyday lives. Effective communication, networking, planning, trust and implementation are all keys to a good climbing experience. These are also key aspects in a fulfilling and functional life. Ultimately, there are many clear benefits to being part of a friendly culture that has an inherent appreciation for pushing limits and adapting, no matter the person’s background.

Climbing offers continuous planning, creativity, focus, problem solving, risk management, communication, pushing through perceptions, learning, and adapting. All of these have the potential to transfer to everyday life…..” – Chris Read, Adaptive Sports Center.

© Paradox Sports, 2015

Thanks to the dozens of people and groups who helped create this book, from outdoors companies to guides to editors! Look for it in our online store coming next month.

Adaptive Climbing Manual