Climber on Joshua Tree Trip in 2017
defy convention.
opportunities that
through adaptive climbing
lives and communities
Paradox Sports transforms

Our Mission

Our Mission 2020-02-05T22:46:40+00:00


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.


Paradox Sports envisions a world with access to adaptive opportunities, which empowers individuals, builds communities, and honors that fact that ability does not prevent opportunity.


Paradox Sports recognizes the power of community engagement, personal growth, compassion, dignity, having fun, and irreverence for those who say we can’t.


61.9 million people are living with a physical disability in the United States.

That is 1 in 4 Americans.

1 in 4 US Adults

Each year we impact over 450 people of all (dis)abilities including:


Spinal Cord Injury 20%
Spinal Cord Injuries


Traumatic Brain Injury 19%
Traumatic Brain Injuries


Amputation and Limb Difference 16%
Amputations / Limb Difference


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Neurological Conditions
Neurological Conditions


Visual Impairment and Blindness
Visual Impairment


In Spring 2019, we worked collaboratively with the Paradox Sports Board of Directors, staff, and community members to draft our Strategic Plan (2020-2022). This plan will guide our goals, strategies and objectives for the next three years, in the interest of increasing program impact and individuals served.

2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan
Paradox Summary Sheet

Since 2007 Paradox Sports has helped grow climbing opportunities nationally for people with disabilities through the Adaptive Climbing Initiative and annual world-class rock and ice climbing trips. See the latest Annual Report below to learn more about our impact.

Annual Reports

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