The BC program restarted in 2022 after a 2 year pause. We are currently focusing our time and effort to refine and grow our therapeutic climbing program. We launched a pilot program and it was a success. Our goal now is to raise the funds necessary to provide this program throughout the year, with an ongoing intake and referral process.
In the meantime, our community climbing programs will be paused until our funding sources are secure and sustainable and we have created a year round therapeutic climbing program. In 2023 we will continue to offer climbing days at both the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy and the SCI BC Whistler Weekend.
What can you expect from our team? We train all of our volunteers before they attend any of our programs, and these people span diverse backgrounds and skill sets, such as healthcare professionals, student volunteers, rock guides, and recreational climbers.
We are currently planning and launching some fundraising events and initiatives. If you or someone you know could support our team with fundraising, communications and event support, we’d love to connect with you!
We are also currently searching for a program sponsor for the therapeutic climbing program!
We are rebuilding our community after a long pause, so if you are interested in climbing with us, volunteering with us, supporting us with operational/admin capacity, or if you think you or your organization can support us financially or in kind, please get in touch with us.
Therapeutic Climbing Program
We’ve designed this program to assist your rehabilitation journey. It is facilitated by an Occupational Therapist, a climbing expert, and a dedicated team of amazing volunteers.
General research suggests the potential benefits of therapeutic climbing, which includes mental health benefits, physical health benefits and social/ emotional benefits.
Due to the growing literature around mindfulness and its use in reducing stress, depression and improving overall quality of life, our team incorporates mindfulness techniques into our climbing sessions. This includes mindfulness meditation during warm-up as well as body awareness and mindful breathing techniques while climbing.
The purpose of this therapeutic program is to use concepts of mindfulness and physical activity to promote mental, cognitive, emotional and physical functioning as per your self-identified goals. We collaborate with you, in a strengths based approach, towards achieving self-identified goals.
Community Climbing Program
These days are all about bringing the community together to share climbing in an environment that is fun, friendly and inclusive . We hope that we can support everyone to set and achieve goals, and to develop strength, skill and progression.
Up to this point these programs have been both indoors at climbing gyms around the lower mainland and outdoors at locations around the lower mainland and in Squamish.
These programs have been critical in our growth, in developing and refining our systems, our policies and procedures, our volunteer training, and our approach in general. These programs have been our foundation.
We provided programs in 2022 during both the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy and the SCI BC Whistler weekend, and we plan on offering these again in 2023.
Get in Touch
Please connect with us if you are interested in either climbing, volunteering, collaborating, or to support us in some way.