Come Climb with Paradox!
Outdoor climbing trips offer a unique adaptive climbing opportunity for people with disabilities who want to push their vertical limits! Paradox Sports has over 10 years of experience running outdoor adaptive climbing events with a wide range of abilities, injuries, and challenges.
Trips are run by passionate AMGA certified professional climbing guides and experienced Paradox staff who are eager to help you become a competent and confident climber. Paradox focuses on helping you improve technical climbing skills in a safe environment. Each climber has the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry! Trips vary in accessibility, length, and location – but all trips offer multiple days of climbing, connecting with other climbers, and improving your climbing ability.
Rock Climbing with Paradox Sports
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Paradox Sports Trip FAQs
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.
Although our main group of individuals on trips is adults, we have had a handful of minors join us on rock and ice climbing trips in the past! As a minor, we require a guardian join them on the trip and register as a volunteer.
Yes and we hope you can share these experiences with them! We ask that they register as a volunteer for the trip and help cover the costs of lodging, meals, logistics, guides, etc. and that they are eager and willing to be an active part of the community for the weekend.
Yes! Our Trip Leaders and guides are AMGA Certified professional guides, often volunteering their time and expertise to help us expand adaptive climbing opportunities. They work for Paradox on a contract basis, taking time away from their full-time positions as guides with other companies.
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 trip: helmet, harness, climbing shoes (or ice boots and crampons for ice climbing).
Depending on what trip you are participating on, the packing list varies. You will be sent a full packing list prior to the event. Please see our suggested packing lists at the bottom of the Trip page.
Paradox Sports does not provide transportation directly, however during registration volunteers and participants are asked about their travel plans/needs. 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.
If you are signing up for rock or ice climbing, you likely already have a sense of adventure! Sometimes the path to the crag is not ADA accessible, or the lodging options are limited in these remote areas, but we work as a community to figure it out. After you register for your climbing trip, we will review your application and be in touch to discuss the specific logistics around your trip.
Accessibility is a focus for choosing our program areas. However, each program area presents different terrain and unique challenges depending on the adaptive athlete. We strive to provide assistance to all our adaptive athletes in all of our program areas, however, we also recognize the spectrum of adaptive athletes and recognize not all our climbing areas may be accessible to all athletes.
On each Paradox trip 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.
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 courses 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).
Paradox Sports has a thorough Emergency Response System and Emergency Response Team. At the beginning of each program, we will work with the volunteers and climbers to communicate risks and what to do in case of an emergency. The majority of guide, program leads, and Paradox staff also are Wilderness First Responder certified and many volunteers serve on Search and Rescue teams. You are in good hands!
We try to cover all common needs such as vegetarianism, dairy-free, gluten-free, and allergies. If you are severely allergic to foods, require specific or more frequent snacks, or are worried about cross-contamination, bringing your own snacks is always an option as well. Depending on the trip, some meals are cooked as a group and others are provided by local restaurants. If you have allergies, please list them in your registration and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Yes we can definitely take care of that for you!
Participants on our trips have historically administered their own medications. Paradox Sports staff is not QMAP certified and will not administer medication to participants. If someone is a minor or requires medical assistance, they have often had someone qualified join them on the trip.
As a nonprofit organization, Paradox already offers trips below cost thanks to generous donations, however we also offer scholarships based on financial need and availability of funding. If you are in need of financial assistance you can submit a scholarship application through the website (more information at the bottom of the page).
We understand that injuries happen, work gets in the way, or other issues arise that mean you cannot join the trip. You can see the full cancellation policy at the bottom of the page.
Have other questions? We are happy to help!
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office 720-638-5593.
Climbing Trips Packing List
What you need to bring will vary depending on the type of trip (ice climbing vs. rock climbing), time of year, lodging situation, length, or other factors! You will be emailed a complete packing list specific to your trip prior to the event along with other trip information, but here are some example items of what to pack:
Personal Hydration System: Camelbak or reuseable water bottles. Wide-mouth water bottles are recommended for winter. Please avoid hydration systems with a hose or disposable bottles for ice climbing trips, as they tend to freeze easily.
Wool or Synthetic Shirts and Socks: Wool or wool blend socks are great natural insulators, even when wet.
Insulating Jacket: A down or synthetic puffy jacket to keep you warm in the shade at the crag or at night – especially for camping trips.
Backpack: large enough to hold all your gear for the day without strapping extra gear to the side.
Footwear: Climbing shoes if you have them, hiking shoes for the approach, flip flops for at the crag.
Snacks and Food: Typically, meals are provided, and we will have some snacks and bars available. However, you may want to consider bringing some snacks of your own, especially if you have dietary constraints.
Additional Gear for Ice Climbing Trips:
Ice Climbing Boots: Warm and either plastic, synthetic or leather, with toe and heel bales for crampon attachment. Paradox Sports will provide these if you indicated on your registration that you needed them.
Gaiters: Gaiters cover the top of the boot to keep out rain, snow, and ice, and make you less likely to trip on loose pant legs and damage them while walking and climbing in your crampons.
Backpack: It’s nice to have a pack that carries ice axes easily and that has a hip belt to help support the weight.
Gloves or Mittens: Pack at least two pairs. One pair of thinner gloves is used for climbing when your hands are not cold and need to be dexterous. One pair of mittens or warm ski gloves are worn when your hands are cold and don’t need to be dexterous. It’s hard to have too many extra gloves when ice climbing!
Personal hygiene products, toiletries
Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm and hat for sun protection
Camera – light, point and shoot or phone recommended
Travel Mug for hot beverages
Camp chair for at crag or at camp
Additional Gear for Camping Trips:
Bowl and utensils
Financial Assistance for Climbing Trips
As a nonprofit organization, our generous donors subsidize all of our programs. We strive to make our programs financially accessible for all, while maintaining financial sustainability of Paradox Sports. Each Paradox program registration fee is priced well below the actual cost of providing these top-notch experiences. We recognize that for some individuals, even these subsidized fees may present a financial challenge, and we are ready to work with those people to help make Paradox programming a possibility.
Apply for Additional Financial Assistance
You may fill out an application for additional financial assistance by completing the form below. The funds we have available for additional financial assistance varies over time and is not guaranteed. Financial assistance is assigned based on financial need only.
Paradox Sports Financial Assistance Application
Please note that Paradox programs are offered below the actual cost of providing these experiences. Our generous donors have subsidized the registration fees for each program. Funds for additional financial assistance are limited and are disbursed based on financial need only.
Paradox Veterans Scholarship Fund
Paradox Veterans Scholarship Fund
In partnership with Red One Medical Devices, Paradox Sports has launched the Paradox Veterans Scholarship Fund. This fund gives military veterans who have been injured defending our country the opportunity to get over some physical or mental hurdles that they have experienced through participating in Paradox’s rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering programs.
Since 2007, Paradox Sports has been a place to connect, push limits, and change beliefs about what’s possible with a disability. Each year, we impact over 450 people of all (dis)abilities including spinal cord injuries, amputations/limb difference, visual impairment, traumatic brain injuries, neurological conditions, PTSD and more. With this scholarship, Paradox is able to serve more veterans and allows veterans to apply for funds based on financial need.
We recognize the incredible sacrifice that our Military Veterans have given this country, and our goal for this scholarship is to give back to them, in a way that is adventurous, empowering and impactful.
Paradox Sports Financial Assistance Application