When you’re on the climbing wall, it can feel like it’s just you and the challenge ahead. That sense of independence comes from the support of a community though. Tied to the belayer on the ground and linked to the community that comes together to keep reaching for the next hold, climbing finds a balance between solo pursuit and community adventure.
Helping more people create an inclusive space was exactly the intention of a recent workshop with Power To Be and Canucks Autism Network, supported by MEC. Hosted in Vancouver, the Supporting Individuals with Autism and Diversabilities in the Climbing Community workshop was attended by 40 individuals from the non-profit, climbing, business and government sectors.