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Eldorado Climbing Walls kicks off fundraising campaign for adaptive climbing nonprofit

Tuesday, June 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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“Everyone should climb” is more than a corporate slogan for new owner Kevin Volz.

 

Kevin Volz, the new owner and CEO of Eldorado Climbing Walls, invites individuals and companies to join him in donating to Paradox Sports. Volz kicks off the campaign with a donation of $6,600 and a commitment to donate 5% from the sale of Eldorado’s Climbing Slabs and Panels going forward. Paradox Sports is a leader in all-things adaptive climbing. They get individuals with a physical disability rock climbing through trainings, trips, equipment, and teaching other organizations how to facilitate adaptive climbing programs. Donations can be made through paradoxsports.org or contacting Executive Director Mike Neustedter, (720) 638-5593 or mike@paradoxsports.org.

 

“They are now climbers. Not one-legged climbers or blind climbers, just climbers . Paradox helped them become part of a vast community of other climbers. Notice that “disabled” wasn’t in the storyline. That’s the way they want it, “observed Volz after attending a Paradox event and getting to meet a number of adaptive climbers. “Paradox Sports introduces folks to the big, bold world of climbing and shares adaptations that help them scale their objective whether that’s a 10 foot boulder or El Cap.”

 

“I know what it feels like to clip the chains at the end of a route or stand on the mountain peak,” shares Volz. “You feel powerful, free, accomplished. You feel like a bad a**! What could be better than helping someone who’s suffered a physical trauma feel that too? Or give someone that happened to be born into the world with a physical difference a community of people who can help them adapt and get on with climbing. Ultimately, unless you’re Alex Honnold, we all need to adapt to climb whether it’s using crampons and tools to hang off ice or ropes and gear to safely reach the ground. I want to be a part of this. Eldorado has supported Paradox Sports in various ways over the years and now I want to kick it up a notch and help make a significant impact.”

 

Paradox Sports is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is passionate about defying convention. In 2016 they impacted over 450 people of all (dis)abilities including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations/limb difference, PTSD, neurological conditions, and visual impairment. Their trips take climbers of all abilities to Yosemite, the Gunks, Eldorado Canyon, Joshua Tree, Ouray Ice Park, North Conway, and more. In 2015 Paradox released the first ever Adaptive Climbing Manual to share their knowledge of cutting edge adaptive climbing techniques and have hit the road to spread the word about and support of adaptive climbing. In 2017, with the support of The North Face, they launched the Adaptive Climbing Initiative, offering multiple levels of adaptive climbing courses to climbing gyms, universities and other programs across North America in hopes that ALL programs will be accessible to people with disabilities.

 

Eldorado Climbing Walls, founded in 1994, is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, modular, and DIY climbing walls and flooring. Kevin Volz purchased Eldorado from Steve Holmes and John McGowan on February 8, 2018, after they decided to focus their efforts on their other company, Head Rush Technologies, the maker of the TRUBLUE Auto Belays. Eldorado has built over 1900 climbing walls and the client list includes 46 climbing gyms, Google, Cornell University, Vail Resorts, Aspen Ski Company, Sky Zone, Life Time Fitness, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, just to name a few. All of the design and manufacturing occurs in Boulder, CO with support from suppliers across the Front Range.

 

 

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If you would like more information on this topic, please contact Christina Frain at 505-379-5193 or Christina.frain@eldowalls.com.

 


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