The program, which began in 2013, allows students with partial paralysis, prosthetic limbs or limited mobility in their extremities to hoist themselves up the 41-foot-tall tower with specialized equipment.
A purpose-built seat harness provides added support for climbers.
A handlebar ascender enables participants to pull themselves up using their arms. A 4:1 pulley system lightens their load.
Specially trained Recreation and Wellness Center staff help climbers don the adaptive gear.
A redundant anchoring system, monitored by staff, adds a secondary level of safety.
“You’re basically doing a lot of pullups, but it’s the coolest experience. I’m used to being so close to the ground — it’s really freeing.” — Katherine Torres