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Every month Sportrock Climbing Centers hosts a variety of climbing clinics and meetup events. These can be a fun way to meet fellow climbers, and connect with the community.


Penguin Climbing!


March 25th a@ 6pm in both Sterling and Alexandria


We are bringing back a classic! This one is always a blast, think high-school prom vibes. Get your climbing gear and your fanciest outfits ready because it's time for Sportrock's Penguin Climbing Night!


That's right, climbers can now channel their inner celebrity and strut the red carpet in their gowns and tuxedos. Who needs crampons when you have stilettos, am I right? 

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Sportrock was founded by a small group of local climbers in 1994.  While the Sportrock family has largely expanded in the last two decades, we remain focused on building community and giving back.

We donate our climbing services and programs to local schools and organizations each year. We are also proud to partner with many local and national organizations to share our love of climbing with groups who wouldn’t otherwise have access to our incredible sport. Some of these organizations include:


American Alpine Club (AAC)

Access FundCapital Climbers/Rainbow Climbing

Catalyst Sports


Change Lives Now

City Kids

Community Lodgings

DC Firefighters Burn Foundation


Howard Gardner School

Latin American Youth Center

Mid Atlantic Climbers

Mothers of Northern Arlington 

Over the Edge DC

Second Story

Team RWB


Wild Wilderness Women (WWW)

We believe climbing should be accessible to everyone.

Out of that commitment, we have pioneered the growth of adaptive climbing in the DC metro area through partnerships with some truly extraordinary organizations.

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Through our work with the PFNCA, we spearheaded the first accredited U.S. study on the effects of climbing on Parkinson’s disease.  We are also the only climbing gym in the country that offers a free, weekly program for climbers with Parkinson’s.  What started in 2012 continues to grow larger each year and we are proud to bring this work to medical professionals and media outlets so additional progress can be made!

Want to know how it all started?  Read the full story of how the partnership came to be and watch the video to see our amazing Parkinson’s climbers in action!

Catalyst Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest level of adaptive sports opportunities for youth and adults with physical disabilities.  In 2015, Sportrock earned the distinction of being the only host gym in the Mid-Atlantic region for Catalyst Sports.

As a result, they were able to launch a Greater DC Chapter and we have proudly hosted monthly climbing clinics at both our locations ever since.

View the video and accompanying article that CBS Evening News produced on our partnership to bring adaptive climbing to the Mid-Atlantic to learn more.



Adaptive climbing programs require a lot of volunteers and we would welcome your help!  If you’re interested in supporting our mission to make climbing more inclusive, please email our Director of Programs & Events, Molly Donelan, at

Please email with any other inquiries, donation requests, or partnership ideas!

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