CLINICS AND EVENTS

Every month Sportrock hosts a variety of clinics and events. Clinics can be a fun way to meet fellow climbing enthusiasts, cross-train, or further develop your skills.

Clinics

Sensory Climbing

On the first Sunday of every month from 8 am to 9 am we are open for sensory-friendly climbing with no overhead lights (natural light only), small group sizes, no music, and encouraging and experienced instructors.

 

Sensory-friendly climbing is open to kids living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. Our sensory-friendly climbing empowers individuals living with autism by teaching goal setting, pushing through fear, and the value of hard work, all while having fun!

Mask Policy:

  • Fully Vaccinated individuals may choose to remove their masks while at Sportrock.

  • Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks at all times.

Catalyst Sports

Sportrock is proud to partner with Catalyst Sports to teach an adaptive rock climbing clinic for people of any age living with a physical disability. Please note, this is not a program for people with intellectual, sensory, and/or behavioral challenges. They would be better suited for our Sensory Climbing event.

 

If you have any additional questions or are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Andrew Hogan at greaterdc@teamcatalyst.org

Cerebral Climbing for Parkinson's Disease

Rock climbing is an amazing activity for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. While there is no sure way to cure this neurodegenerative disease, exercise unquestionably helps slow the process ,  gives relief to some of the symptoms and creates a social network. Not only does climbing almost inherently force you to work at a high level, but it also challenges participants greatly with varied movements and repetitive movements, balance and stability, big dynamic movements and small controlled movements as well as flexibility. Perhaps most importantly though, are the cognitive skills acquired through climbing and neuroplasticity changes that can occur.

Join us for our free climbing hour in Alexandria on Thursdays, 9-10am or inquire about private instruction.

Contact: molly@sportrock.com

American Alpine Club

Sportrock is proud to partner with the American Alpine Club to offer a series of educational clinics designed to get recreational climbers up to speed on best practices and the newest techniques.

Rappelling is one of the most dangerous parts of climbing. Join this 2 hour clinic to learn how to extend and back up your rappel, as well as best practices for single and double rope rappels. The clinic is free for Sportrock and AAC members, or $30 (including a Day Pass to stay and climb after the clinic). AAC members who wish to stay and climb after the event may purchase a day pass for half-price.

Girl Beta

Are you looking for an awesome group of women to climb with? Come learn some technique and try new problems in a judgment free zone! Every second Sunday the Sportrock Performance Institute will be hosting Girl Beta, a 90min. event just for women to connect and climb together!

Girl Beta will feature:

  • Technique clinic run by Ellie Sepulveda, World Cup competitor and Sportrock Youth Team Coach.

  • A dedicated climbing space

Ask us questions, share your experiences, and RSVP to Girl Beta nights on our Facebook Page.

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