With the increasing popularity of rock climbing, there has been a growing research base investigating the therapeutic benefits of climbing – general research suggest potential benefits for mental health function, physical health function, and social/emotional benefits.

Based on the literature and using evidence-based treatment approaches, the CACS has designed a 5-week therapeutic climbing program to assist participants in their rehabilitation journey.

It is facilitated by an Occupational Therapist, a climbing expert, and a dedicated team of amazing volunteers.

Planned Program Dates:

Week 1 – Sunday March 3rd, 2024

Week 2 – Sunday, March 10th, 2024

Week 3 – Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Week 4 – Sunday, March 24th, 2024

Week 5 – Sunday, March 31st, 2024

All take place at The Hive Heights, and begin at 8:30am and end at 10:30am.

Try-It Sessions:

Not sure if climbing is for you, or if you would like to commit to the program?

We understand that your rehabilitation journey is incredibly important, and rock climbing may look very different from what you expect when you think about your recovery.

We offer these free opportunities to try climbing with our staff to see if climbing is right for you before committing to a program.

No experience required

All skill and ability levels welcome

Learn about further climbing programs

There are 2 upcoming Try-It Sessions scheduled –

– Sunday, February 4th, 2024 from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Hive Heights.

– Sunday, February 11th, 2024 from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Hive Heights.

Who Can Participate?:

Anyone who has a physical limitation that influences their activities of daily living is welcome to join a Try-it Session. The person can be currently undergoing rehabilitation as this program would be an asset to their rehabilitation efforts. We just ask that the medical intake survey is filled out prior to attending the Try It session.

Meet the Staff:

Danica has been volunteering with the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society since 2019. She is a registered Occupational Therapist in BC with experience working with various populations, including neurological, chronic illness, and Motor Vehicle Collision (MVC) rehabilitation.

Tony has been a strong presence for the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society and in supporting the therapeutic climbing program. Tony has many years of climbing experience and knowledge on adaptive techniques and safety systems that are implemented in the therapeutic program sessions.

Tanjot joined the team in January 2023, initially as a volunteer and transitioned to working with the team as an occupational therapist in the fall of 2023. She is currently registered in BC working in the public sector, primarily in mental health.

Thank You to Our Supporters
We are very grateful and honoured to be working on this project with the team at The Hive Heights!

Thanks to the many clinicians who recommend the Therapeutic Climbing Program as a referral to some of their clients.

Thanks also to BC Rehab Foundation for providing us with the necessary funds, both to initially launch our pilot project and to continuously support the program since that time.

We are looking for a Program Sponsor to support the Therapeutic Program, so if you or your organization may be interested, please let us know!!

Get in Touch

Please connect with us if you are interested in either climbing, volunteering, collaborating, or to support us in some way.

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