BETA Program: Be Empowered To Ascend

Crux is hosting our next Adaptive Climbing day on May 28th!

Crux’s Adaptive Program is offered to all ages with varying adaptive abilities and will be hosted quarterly to bring climbing to all. Join us on our next climbing session, May 28th for an adaptive climbing day with trained staff and volunteers.

10AM – 12PM | Volunteer training

1P – 2:30 P | Adaptive Climbing: Session One

3P – 4:30P | Adaptive Climbing: Session Two

Come climb with us! We are so excited to have a chance to get everyone climbing. From those who have climbed with us before to those who have never climbed, we are excited to get you on the walls. Feel free to come at any time between 1-5PM or come at 1 and stay for the whole time!

$12 for climbers

$0 for spectators, but must register as well

We can’t have this event without our volunteers! From working different systems to climbing along side someone, our volunteers will help make this day the best for all of our participants!

Kristyn Olsen will spend the morning training our volunteers the ins and outs of adaptive climbing. You will learn different techniques, equipment, skills, and etiquette.  Then, in the afternoon, you will get the chance to help our adaptive climbers climb! If you have volunteered with us before, you do not need to attend the training again.

We ask that all volunteers be belay-certified through Crux.

Meet Kristyn

Kristyn oversees the adaptive climbing program, known as the BETA (Be Empowered To Ascend) Program, at Crux! She has been climbing for 10 years and discovered her passion for climbing with people with disabilities in 2018. She earned her master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Texas State University and worked as an adaptive recreation instructor for The National Ability Center.

Equipment List

Below is a full list of the equipment we will have onsite for our BETA Program. Please let us know if you have any questions about the equipment or do not see an equipment that you typically use.

  • Misty Mountain Wellman ARC Harness
  • Active Hands Grip Assists
  • Adult and child full body harnesses, chest harnesses, and traditional waist harnesses
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmets


The BETA program is adaptive climbing for all! All ages, disabilities or chronic medical conditions are welcome.

Crux does not restrict anyone from climbing based on medical history. We encourage participants to communicate with their volunteer instructors regarding any challenges they may have, what their goals are, and to be mindful not push themselves beyond what they are capable of. 

Our facility is mostly wheelchair accessible. You can access all areas of the gym on the 1st floor. Our 2nd floor is not accessible by wheelchair, but all adaptive climbing occurs on the 1st floor. Our rope climbing area has a 1 inch padding covering the floor. We are excited for our Round Rock location to be fully accessible!

This is a total possibility! We encourage amputees to consult their prosthetist to determine the options for securing your prosthetic. Prosthetic leashes can be provided if needed.

Yes! We encourage all climbers with autism to participate. Climbers may need to be slowly introduced to climbing to work through any behavioral problems that pose a risk to the child or other climbers. We invite any occupational, recreational, and/or behavioral therapists to support the climber at the family’s discretion.

Participants are paired with volunteers from Crux’s climbing community. Volunteers can act as belayers, climbing coaches/instructors, side-by-side climbers, and personal cheerleaders! 

Awesome! We appreciate your interest in serving the adaptive climbing community. We ask that all volunteers are currently belay checked with us at Crux. New volunteers will attend a 2 hour volunteer training the morning of the BETA climbing day. Once this training is completed, returning volunteers are not required to attend the training again. 

Yes! Please email Kristyn@cruxclimbingcenter for more details.