Adaptive Programs

Adaptive Climbing Team

The Mesa Rim Adaptive Climbing team provides individuals ages 16+ with physical disability a chance to explore the sport of rock climbing within a safe and encouraging environment. The team is best suited for climbers who wish to pursue personal goals with a constructive focus or who wish to participate in adaptive climbing competitions. All climbers who wish to join the team must first attend a climbing introduction with an adaptive climbing coach.

Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community Clinics

As a part of our commitment to care genuinely about our community, Mesa Rim offers outside organizations that work with the disability community a chance to blend their community with ours. We offer two hour climbing clinics to organizations that want to introduce climbing to their members. Mesa Rim provides trained staff to provide all services during the clinics.

Open to physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities

All ages welcome

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Small Group Youth Autism Program

Our small group autism program seeks to create an environment that both teaches climbing skills while also providing a social outlet for kids on the autism spectrum. We work with both behavioral interventionists and occupational therapists to provide children an all inclusive environment where they can work on their personal goals as well as their climbing goals. Our youth autism program works through our climbing academy in an attempt to minimize stimulation input so that kids are comfortable in their surroundings.

This program is open to children throughout the autism spectrum, and families are welcome to bring their own therapists.

Every Sunday afternoon at the Mesa Rim Climbing Academy
(10070 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, CA 92121)

To reserve, contact:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

In order to stand by our all inclusive culture we are happy to offer programming to help curate climbing for the deaf and hard of hearing community and their family and friends. We offer a once a week program to help the ASL community learn about rock climbing. Mesa Rim provides a coach fluent in ASL to bridge the gap with our climbing community. We seek to make self sufficient climbers who feel comfortable navigating our gym’s resources.

Open to any person who is deaf or hard of hearing and their friends and family.  Participants do not need to be fluent in ASL to participate

Custom Adaptive Long-Term Programming

We are happy to tailor custom programming to suit organizational needs. We can provide training programs, on site coaches, or instructional information to help your community run a climbing program. We will work with group leaders to find what best suits the organization’s demographics.  These programs can be structured as needed, and may include coaches or an independent training program.

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Hemophilia Clinical Study

Mesa Rim has been working with the University of California San Diego Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center for three years to provide both climbing access to patients with hemophilia as well as conduct research to study the effects that climbing has on the various symptoms of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The study is overseen by the Director of Medicine at UCSD as well as various physical therapists and bleeding disorder specialists. Climbers go through a multi-week training plan structured around climbing technique, physical training and conditioning, movement exercises, and skill acquisition. Patient metrics are taken intermittently throughout each year.  Includes full outdoor climbing day in Joshua Tree once per year.

Every Wednesday at Mission Valley from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

All cost is covered by UCSD HTTC.

Participants must be a current patient through UCSD HTTC.  Ten spots are available per practice,

Can enroll by contacting Andres Flores:

Down Syndrome Program

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Frequently Asked Questions

What demographic does this program serve?
The Adaptive and Innovative Climbing Program serves communities with disabilities or chronic medical conditions. The AICP also seeks to include non-traditional climbing communities like the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Is any adaptive equipment provided?
Mesa Rim can provide various types of harnesses including traditional waist harness, youth and adult full body harness, and wheelchair harness. Mesa Rim can also provide prosthetic climbing feet.
Are there any medical conditions that disqualify a climber from participating?
Mesa Rim does not restrict anyone from climbing based on medical history, but we do encourage participants to communicate with their instructors regarding any challenges they may have and to not push beyond what they are physically comfortable with.
Can my autistic child climb if they are having behavioral problems?
Yes! Mesa Rim encourages all climbers with autism to participate. Climbers may need to begin by practicinging at The Academy during off-hours until we can work through any behavioral problems that pose a risk to the child or other climbers. Mesa Rim also invites any occupational or behavioral therapists to attend climbing sessions at the family’s discretion.
Will I be able to get around the gym if I am in a wheelchair?
Yes, Mesa Rim is fully accessible for climbers in chairs.
Will my prosthetic fall off while I am climbing?
Possibly! We encourage amputees to consult their prosthetist to discuss the best securing options. Mesa Rim can also provide prosthetic leashes if needed.