Climber on Joshua Tree Trip in 2017

Our Mission

Climbing for all.

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Our Mission

Paradox Sports seeks to revolutionize lives through adaptive climbing opportunities that defy convention.

We are a national non-profit that has been in operation since 2007 when we conducted one of the first adaptive climbing clinics for people with disabilities in conjunction with Walter Reed Hospital. 

Since then, Paradox events have been a place to connect, push limits, and change beliefs about what’s possible with a disability. Through our Adaptive Climbing Initiative course, local climbing clubs, and national climbing trips, our goal is to make climbing accessible to all.

Why Climbing?

Climbing requires you to be present in both mind and body, and often the “disability” holding you back is in the mind.

In this sport, adaptive equipment is required even for able-bodied climbers. Harnesses, ropes, ice tools, and other gadgets aid in ascending the wall for people of all abilities, adaptive athletes do not necessarily need adaptive equipment to go climbing.

We are passionate about engaging everyone in climbing and the climbing community because the community is what keeps us coming back.

The Adaptive Climbing Manual

In 2015, we published the first ever adaptive climbing manual. Since then, we have run more than 45 adaptive climbing courses across 24 states to make gyms and other programs more accessible to people with disabilities. We’re also building a community of athletes through our infamous annual adaptive climbing trips across North America, and our adaptive climbing clubs that meet 3 times a month between Golden and Boulder, Colorado.

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The North Face Teams Up With Adaptive Athletes

In 2018, Paradox ambassador Vasu Sojitra became the first adaptive athlete for The North Face.
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