ABOUT CANADIAN ADAPTIVE CLIMBING SOCIETY
Creates opportunities for individuals living with barriers to benefit from climbing.
Everyone Can Climb
We inspire and engage the Canadian rock climbing community, create high quality adaptive experiences, offer training workshops and educational seminars, and support competitive athletes.
We believe the benefits of climbing have the potential to increase the physical, mental, and emotional well-being and resiliency for those living with a barrier.
- Individual Care and Attention,
- Ability-Centered Program Design,
- Industry standard climbing and adaptation technique, training and coaching,
- and Quality.
- A Strong Organization,
- High Quality Experiences,
- Education and Advocacy,
- and Competitive Climbing.
Our focus moving forward is driven by these core values and strategic priorities.
We are excited to share climbing with people who will benefit the most, be the most appreciative of the experience, and hopefully make climbing a regular part of their life.
From beginners to veterans, climbing will invariably give you benefits that will transfer to other parts of your life, and will shape how you see and interact with the world around you. It can be a powerful tool for overcoming emotional obstacles, including the emotions related to trust, self-esteem and fear. It can connect you to the natural world, and bring a greater appreciation for your backyard. Most importantly, climbing is a social activity, so it brings new friendships and relationships that can be built around trust, support and fun.
Climbing is an activity that not only utilizes all muscle groups, it also challenges the neuropathways that connect the brain with those muscle groups. It’s ability to do this has important long-term effects for physical and cognitive health, producing muscle memory, and strong pathways in the brain for problem solving. It keeps the mind fresh because it forces the climber to quickly transform into the present moment. It therefore is therapeutic, even though many long time climbers wouldn’t acknowledge it in that way. This ‘flow state’ is why we see climbers heading up big walls alone with no ropes or partners. This fortunately happens as soon as you leave the ground, so you won’t have to follow in their footsteps to reap the benefits of the flow state.
This flow state, along with the physical nature of climbing, and the satisfaction of setting a goal and then accomplishing it together will bring clarity, can calm the nerves and make you less anxious or frustrated, and most importantly can provide you with the motivation to deal with the every day life tasks that we all must face.
It’s important to note here that with all this being said, if you ask anyone who has been climbing for a while why they climb, you will likely get a different answer from each person. That is because it’s a journey that has many directions. Some only climb inside climbing gyms, some compete, some use it as an excuse to travel all around the world, some stay in the forest low to the ground, and some climb the big walls.
We would like to find out why you climb. Come join us on this journey.
We want to hear from you with any questions, concerns, or enquiries
We also want to hear from you if you are interested in joining us climbing, volunteering your time, working with us to provide your group with a climbing experience, or if you’d like to support us in some other capacity.
Thanks so much for taking the time to make contact!