Support our Mision and Join our Team!
We have created a rock climbing team to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote physical, mental and social skills. The minimum age requirement to participate is 3.
We have practices once a week for 2 hours. We currently have practices at Summit Climbing Gyms in Plano and Grapevine TX, on Sundays from 10am-12pm, except for the 3rd Sunday of every month that we are off.
We recommend to come at least 3 practices, first time might be hard for some kids since everything is new and overwhelming. Sometimes kids don’t want to wear the harness and climbing shoes and that is totally ok, make sure your child wears close toe shoes and comfortable clothes.
One of our main goal is to have teams all over USA to introduce the sport of rock climbing into Special Olympics and compete nationally.
FIRST TIME COMING TO PRACTICE:
- EVERYONE coming to the gym climbing or not need to have a waiver, click this link to fill Summit’s waiver
- Click the “REGISTER” button below
- Once we get your information we will send you forms to fill out before practice
- Add our email to your list of safe senders (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions, email us at email@example.com
Support our Organization to Promote Opportunities
United Rocks offers rock climbing opportunities. Our committed, enthusiastic and fun rock climbing team serves kids ages 3+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are practicing top rope right now.
There are 4 types of rock climbing:
It is a type of climbing on longer walls using a fixed rope. The rope runs from the belayer at the bottom of the direction to an anchor system at the top and backs down to the climber.
This is an automatic device that takes up slack as the climber climbs the wall and controls the descent, eradicating the need for a belay partner.
It is all about climbing on shorter walls, without a rope above crash mats.
It is climbing on longer walls, without a fixed rope. As the climber goes up, they slide the rope into safety equipment connected to the wall.
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Benefits of Rock Climbing
This sport pushes the climber to his/her limits and gives them a huge sense of accomplishment. Rock climbing is a low-impact exercise, which means it is easier on the body, particularly the joints, while still being a great full-body workout.