The mission of Duke Adaptive Climbing is to provide rock climbing opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the triangle area. Opportunities to learn to rock climb are available to ambulatory and non-ambulatory teens, adults and children ages 6 and up.
Duke Adaptive Climbing is a volunteer driven program that works to create a welcoming and fully inclusive environment to learn the sport of rock climbing. We currently offer monthly clinics at the Duke Climbing Wall, Triangle Rock Club and the Chapel Hill Community Center. We are always looking for new volunteers and participants to get involved with our program.
To minimize health and safety risks to Duke students, faculty, staff and the larger community, Duke Recreation & Physical Education in-person programs and services are canceled until future notice. Communication regarding future hours of operation will be provided on our [recreation.duke.edu]website and social media platforms (@dukerec). Visit the university's Coronavirus Response Website for the latest news and information about Duke’s policies and actions regarding COVID-19.
Please check our website for updated information, we will send out an email once we have scheduled additional programs.
Belay Buddies started as an idea to help keep young adaptive climbers connected to the rock climbing community during the COVID pandemic. Harnessing Zoom’s ability to reach a diversity of people anywhere in the world, we are collecting the stories and experiences from USA paraclimbers to inspire young climbers and share what it is like to be a competitive paraclimber. Our hope is that these interviews, videos, and activities will keep our adaptive climbers active and excited about climbing while staying engaged while at home.
While we are not operating in person, we are still collecting applications for volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering for future events please complete the Volunteer Application and we will be in touch when we have more information regarding an anticipated return to programming.
Duke Adaptive Climbing is a unique opportunity for hand-on volunteering experience with a dynamic group of climbers. With monthly adaptive adaptive climbs at the Chapel Hill Community Center, Triangle Rock Club and Duke University we're always looking for additional help to support our climbers.
New volunteers will be trained in how to modify general belaying technique for our program and in the use of adaptive techniques to aid our participants. Any volunteer that will be belaying with the program will need to pass a belay check with a staff member, if you don't already hold a current belay pass for that facility. Previous belay or climbing experience is not a requirement to volunteer with us, although very helpful!
There is no cost to you as a volunteer to complete the background check or minors training. The minors training is a short online training conducted by the university.
If you have any questions about volunteering please email us.