Join Paradox Sports for their 2nd Annual Adaptive Climbing Summit!

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Adaptive Climbing Summit:
June 9 – 10 at The Spot Louisville

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Who is it for?

Adaptive and paraclimbers, adaptive community leaders, instructors, coaches, gym employees, climbing guides, former students of Adaptive Climbing Initiative courses, and anyone involved in adaptive climbing curious to dive beyond the standard curriculum.

What will I learn?

1. Strategies for Adaptive Community Building

2. Funding and sustainability

3. Advanced adaptive rope and technical skills

4. How to better include Deaf and blind climbers

5. Supporting autistic and neurodivergent climbers

6. Risk management for adaptive communities

Attendees will learn from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced instructors in the adaptive climbing field. Connect with experts, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights that will enhance your ability to create sustainable, supportive adaptive communities.




Sonya is a teacher, advocate, artist, climber, and a member of the Deaf community where she currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Her curiosity for the outdoors began early on, due to many family adventures locally and road trips visiting many national parks. She attended Azusa Pacific University earning a BA and MA degree. In college, she took classes which focused on outdoor recreational activities such as rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, where her passion for the outdoors grew. Recently, Sonya and her local Deaf climbing community were featured in a documentary short called Elevated.


Gary began sharing his passion for adventure as a guide over 20 years ago. Guiding throughout North and South America, he has taught rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, tree climbing, caving, mountain biking, kayaking, and leadership development to a wide variety of audiences ranging from at-risk youth, people with disabilities, veterans, and business leaders. Gary is an advocate for equal access for all. In his free time, he enjoys designing and innovating technique and gear to improve access as well as planning expeditions for people with disabilities — including creating and manufacturing the Paradox handlebar ascender. Gary truly believe what he does, while not therapy, is therapeutic.


Denny is the co-founder of ParaCliffHangers, the fastest growing adaptive community in the United States with chapters in New York, New Jersey, California, and North Carolina.
Featured in the film Not Inspirational, a documentary about keeping together their climbing team during the pandemic, community and adaptive climbing are at the center of what Denny does. Denny is also a commentator for USA Climbing National Paraclimbing Events.

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