BETA Program: Be Empowered To Ascend
Crux is hosting our next Adaptive Climbing day on September 10th!
Come climb with us! We are so excited for the opportunity 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 arrive and/or leave at any time during your scheduled climbing session.
$12 for climbers
$0 for spectators, but must register as well.
This event wouldn’t happen without our volunteers! From working different systems to climbing alongside someone, our volunteers will help make this day the best for all of our participants!
Kristyn Olsen will spend the morning training our new volunteers on 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 top rope belay certified through Crux. This is a prerequisite skill that will not be taught during the volunteer training. We offer top rope belay courses Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays. Register for a belay class here.
Kristyn oversees the adaptive climbing program at Crux, known as the BETA Program – Be Empowered To Ascend! She earned her master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Texas State University and has a passion for providing climbing opportunities for all.
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 any equipment that you typically use.
Misty Mountain Wellman ARC Harness
Various grip assists
Adult and child full body harnesses, chest harnesses, and traditional waist harnesses
The BETA program is adaptive climbing for all! All ages, disabilities or chronic medical conditions are welcome.
The weight limit is 300 lbs.
Crux is working with volunteers from our climbing community to support the BETA Day and provide climbing opportunities for all. Participants will climb with volunteers and have opportunities to side-by-side climb, climb using our accessible equipment, be taught climbing techniques, knots, etc. The gym will not be reserved for the BETA Day and will still be open to the public. While adaptive climbers will have ample opportunity to utilize the gym, the goal of the program is to integrate the climbing community and the adaptive community. Adaptive climbing will end at the end of each session. You are welcome to register for both sessions. If a climber is able to participate in the gym without the support of the BETA volunteers, they are welcome to stay and climb on their own.
Yes! Check out our gear list above.
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.
Parking at Crux can be a bit tricky. We share a parking lot with Cosmic and parking becomes unavailable very quickly on the weekends and weekday evenings. We will have a total of 6 accessible parking spots reserved for the BETA day.
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 North location to be fully accessible!
A water bottle and any personal equipment you utilize on a regular basis like a walker, wheelchair, etc.
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.
Yes! The animal needs to be okay staying on the ground while their person climbs. Crux is also pet friendly in general. Our policies for animals that are not service animals are: 1. The animal needs to be on leash at all times. 2. The leash needs to be in a human hand at all times 3. The animal may not go on the mats.