Organized by: Catherine Henry
February 07, 2017
Veteran Ascents is an organization of Yale student climbers offering guided climbing sessions as therapy for war Veterans in New Haven.
Our goals are to:
- Make climbing accessible to Veterans with PTSD and physical disabilities
- Foster a sense of triumph through a curriculum-based approach to climbing
- Use participant feedback to tailor the program to the specific goals and needs of each group of Veterans
- Broaden the perspectives of climbers and Veterans alike by bringing these communities together
We are lucky to have facilities and supplies donated by City Climb Gym and Ascent Climbing, but we still need funding to train our members in adaptive climbing—the techniques and rope systems that enable people with disabilities to climb under their own power. We hope to purchase training from industry-leader Paradox Sports; their comprehensive training takes place over two days and includes 12 hours of lectures and hands-on scenarios in the climbing gym. It will allow members of Veteran Ascents to learn and thoroughly practice using adaptive systems.
With the support of our friends, we hope to reach our fundraising goal so that we can purchase training and get our program off the ground!
And yes, there are goodies! We are making stickers and T-shirts featuring the Veteran Ascents logo. Donate $10 and we'll send you a sticker; $25 or more and we'll send you a T-shirt. If you are eligible, send us an email at VeteranAscents@gmail.com with your name, address, and the amount you donated.