Adaptive Climbing Group is a community for people with disabilities to have opportunities to inclusively participate in the sport of climbing. Adaptive Climbing is taking the already existing abilities of a person and helping them participate in the sport. The ideas of Kareemah Batts, inspired by her United States climbing experience post amputation, led to the first "NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic" held on March 15, 2012 at Brooklyn Boulders gym. 38 disabled individuals were introduced to climbing as an accessible sport over 2 days.
That 2 day "NYC Adaptive Climbing Clinic" resulted in a “meet up”, evolved into a club, and then a program at an exponentially alarming speed. In that growth of our initiative for accessible climbing we made many friends and partnerships. We have hosted hundreds of clinics in under 3 years both inside and outside our home base of Brooklyn, New York, USA. For that reason we have changed from being known as NYC Adaptive Climbing to Adaptive Climbing Group, Inc. Our governing board is a diverse group of climbers both disabled and non-disabled, that come from all along the eastern seaboard and are leaders and contributors in the adaptive climbing movement.
In 2013 we filed under the name Adaptive Climbing Group, Inc. Now, hundreds of participants later, Adaptive Climbing Group continues to spread the message that "anyone can climb" through Thursday, Sunday sessions; and hosting indoor and outdoor adaptive climbing clinics in the tri-state area. For 2013, one of our initiatives was to support American World Cup Para Climbing competitors Ronnie Dickson and Craig DeMartino as they look to create an environment to foster a competitive field for the sport in the United States. In the summer of 2013 Adaptive Climbing Group-Massachusetts which holds weekly sessions in Somerville, MA.
In 2014, we served as a more fluid resource for the sport of climbing while also supporting all the existing and upcoming adaptive climbing programs that continue to contact us; all of this while evolving and growing our programming .
In 2015 we included Chicago, IL (May 2015) and the surrounding area in the adaptive climbing community as well as additional accessible ice climbing opportunities and a new competition initiative.
This satellite program has the same opportunities for inclusion in climbing as other venues. We always have and always will remain dedicated to inclusive sportsmanship, adaptive sports, and the community as a whole. We are now a program of the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation (BKBF) but our programming remains independent and open to all facilities across the country. We look forward to continuing this partnership with BKBF that assists children in local urban areas to have access to affordable climbing and mentor-ship. We work together to make sure that children with disabilities are included in this popular initiative.
In 2016, we are welcomed regular monthly programming to Central Rock Gym in Massachusetts and The Cliffs in Valhalla, NY
In 2018, increased facility partnerships with Gravity Vault, Climb At Rio, and Central Rock Gym Manhattan.