Paradox Sports – Local Programs
As a Boulder-based nonprofit, Paradox Sports offers year-round adaptive climbing opportunities in the front range area. We offer varied climbing opportunities for all abilities. Our unique year-round local opportunities include;
Indoor Monthly Meet Ups
Climbing Skills Clinics
Strength Training Sessions
Community Building Events
You are invited to join the nationally renowned Paradox Sports community in Colorado!
Any adaptive athlete or person in the community who wants to be part of the adaptive climbing movement is welcome!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for our Adaptive Climbing programs !
Both longtime and new volunteers join the Paradox climbing community to help spread their love of climbing and connect with a welcoming community. Volunteers, under the supervision of the Local Program Coordinator, help welcome participants to the world of climbing by belaying, coaching, connecting as friends and generally helping to welcome adaptive athletes to the climbing community! As a volunteer, your role is to provide an enjoyable climbing experience for the participants. On a typical night, volunteers will be paired up with a participant or group of volunteers/participants to climb with.
All Volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Training before acting as a volunteer at club. There will be at least one training held each quarter throughout the year. Volunteers only need to attend one training before being permitted to volunteer. This requirement helps Paradox Sports ensure a consistent and high quality experience for everyone at climbing club.
Volunteers are asked to attend at least 2 Club nights per quarter. Each quarter, volunteers will be able to sign up in advance for each night they plan to attend. This requirement ensures that an appropriate number of volunteers are present for each club meeting.
Volunteers must be checked off by the host gym and by a Paradox Sports staff member. The check-off process is a part of the volunteer training.
All volunteers must complete waivers for the host facility and Paradox Sports.
Please send all club-related inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Paradox Sports focuses on adaptive climbing opportunities for people with physical disabilities, including but not limited to people with amputation or limb difference, blindness, hearing impairment, spinal cord injuries, neurological issues, TBI and PTSD. However, our Colorado community includes volunteers, staff, physical therapists, veterans, and many other passionate community members!
Although our main group of individuals are adults, we have had a handful of minors join us in the past! As a minor, we require a guardian join them on the program and register as a volunteer.
As a participant am I able to bring a friend, partner, or parent/guardian if I need additional assistance?
Yes and we hope you can share these experiences with them! We ask that they register as a volunteer for the program.
Yes! We encourage participants to bring their own gear if you have it so you can get familiar with your own equipment, however we do provide gear to climbers who need it. You will be able to list your gear needs during registration. Required gear for any program: helmet, harness, and climbing shoes.
Paradox Sports does not provide transportation, however we are happy to connect people interested in carpooling that are coming from the same areas.
With over 10 years of experience working with people with disabilities, the one thing we know for sure is that each disability is unique! You are the expert on you, and our motto has always been that we will work together to communicate and understand your needs. Each trip leader, guide, and volunteer brings their own unique background and expertise as well – from physical therapy and medical backgrounds, to over a decade of adaptive climbing experience.
Are the climbing nights open to all levels of experience? Will I be bored if I am an experienced climber?
On each Paradox program there is a full spectrum of experience levels. If you are an experienced climber, we can promise you an engaging community, coaching by AMGA certified guides, a diversity of routes and a great overall trip experience. However, we do not provide lead-climbing opportunities on Paradox Sports programs.
While on a Paradox program if I want to learn specific skills, can the volunteers and trip leaders help me work on those climbing skills?
It is always our goal to empower our participants! Our certified guides and qualified volunteers are eager to answer questions and help you grow as a climber, within a safe environment. We also offer specific skill building programs for adaptive athletes that want to take their climbing to the next level. We are happy to answer any questions you have and teach some technical skills. We do not provide lead climbing opportunities on Paradox trips (unless backed up on toprope). If you have specific requests, please reach out and let’s figure out an opportunity to work together!
We understand that injuries happen, work gets in the way, or other issues arise that mean you cannot join the program. We are happy to refund you if you need to cancel one of our local Colorado programs. Similarly, we will refund you if weather or other issues require us to cancel the program.