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USA Climbing: Adaptive provides access for athletes with physical disabilities to compete in both bouldering and sport climbing. The Adaptive series builds camaraderie, community, and opportunity through clinics,workshops, and other programming. USA Climbing sanctions the Adaptive Climbing National Championship.

Adaptive Categories

Categories included in Adaptive are open to those with physical disabilities:

  • Neurological / Physical Disability
  • Visual Impairment
  • Upper Extremity Amputee
  • Lower Extremity Amputee
  • Seated
  • Youth

The competition format for all Adaptive Climbing competitions will be redpoint, and will be executed on top rope.

Invitations to the IFSC World Paraclimbing Championships, held every two years, will be given based on the results of that year's Adaptive National Championships.

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