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Adaptive Climbing Wall

The ideal climbing wall for children with special needs including, physical, sensory, communicative and cognitive disabilities.

Wall surface type: Smooth and Cross-Curricular
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  • Adaptive Climbing Wall


    The Adaptive Climbing Wall, with its companion activity guide, helps instructors effectively include youth with special needs in their climbing program. The smooth, dry-erase and magnet-accepting surface can be written on and accepts magnets to provide learning opportunities for children with cognitive or communicative disabilities. The Adaptive Holds include grab-bar style hand holds and ledge-style foot holds to provide stability and extra support for children with physical disabilities. The color-coded Groperz™ Hand Holds offer a variety of additional options for climbers to use as they travel across the Traverse Wall®. Green hand holds are the largest and easiest to grip. The yellow holds come in a variety of sizes and offer a light challenge. The red holds are medium sized and provide the most challenge. Climbers can choose to use any color hand hold, or try the extra challenge of climbing using only hand holds of the same color. Our signature Red-Relief Line® is a safety feature that reminds climbers to stay within a distance of three feet from the floor and is a helpful tool for the climbing wall supervisor. Make rocking climbing more accessible with the Adaptive Climbing Wall!

    It’s the ideal  climbing wall for adapted or inclusive physical education, occupational therapy and physical therapy and provides opportunities to develop balance, body awareness, muscle strength, motor planning and more. Climbing also provides proprioceptive input to improve sensory integration.  The Adaptive Climbing Wall is also well suited for special education classes where learning and movement can be integrated and problem solving, visual attention and concentration are required.

    Each 4′ x 8′ Adaptive Wall section includes sentence building, word and math magnets, Adaptive Climbing Holds, Groperz Hand Holds, 66 preset placement options for mounting hand holds, the Red-Relief Line, Adaptive Climbing Activity Guide and dry-erase markers.

    Safety mats and a way to “close” the climbing wall to prevent unauthorized climbing are recommended. View our Mat-Locking System.

    The Adaptive Climbing Wall is protected by one or more U.S. Patents. View our patents.

    "We love the wall. Our special needs children can now benefit from this wall. Thank you."  -Urszula Krygowski, Director of Business Operations at Kidworks Pediatric Therapy Center in Chesterton, IN
  • Specifications

    Dimensions 8’H x 4’L 8’H x 20’L 8’H x 40’L
    Climber Capacity 1 Climber 5 Climbers 10 Climbers
    Red-Relief Line Yes Yes Yes
    # of Hand Holds 26 130 260
    # of Unduplicated Hand Holds 23 103 123
    # of Adaptive Hand /Foot Holds 6 30 60
    # of T-Nuts 66 330 660
    Accepts Route-Setting Hand Holds Yes Yes Yes
    Installation Time  1 hr 3 hrs 45 min 7.5 hrs
    Age Appropriate Elementary & Middle School Elementary & Middle School Elementary & Middle School

    Note: Our traverse climbing walls are available in any length. Since panels are 4′ wide, we recommend lengths that are multiples of 4, but we can accommodate any desired length.

  • FAQs

    For which disabilities is Adaptive Wall best suited?

    The Adaptive Wall is suited for children with physical, sensory, communicative and cognitive disabilities.

    Has the Adaptive Wall been evaluated for success?

    The Adaptive Traverse Wall received "very good" and "good" ratings after an independent AblePlay™ evaluation by the National Lekotek Center, a not-for-profit organization that uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life. The disabilities that were represented during the evaluation included Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Down Syndrome & Speech and Language Delays.

    What is the wall made of?

    The Climbing Wall is constructed of 3/4" plywood and are coated with a smooth, white, dry-erase/magnet-accepting surface.

    How do the hand holds attach to the wall?

    Hand holds are mounted to the traverse wall through t-nuts and held in place with bolts. They are mounted and removed with the use of an included Allen wrench. Since our t-nuts are of premium quality and our bolts of standardized length, removing and moving hand holds is simple and fast.

    How many hand holds are included with a traverse wall?

    Each 4' x 8' panel comes with 20 Groperz Hand Holds and 6 Adaptive Hand/Foot holds (4 grab-bar hand holds, 1 blue ledge foot hold and 1 red ledge foot hold). The 66 t-nuts on each panel offers a variety of options for placing the hand/food holds.

    Can we take the climbing wall down and move it?

    Yes, walls may be removed from existing sites and reinstalled in alternate sites. New mounting hardware will be required for installation.

    What activities can we do with the wall?

    An Adaptive Climbing Wall Activity Guide is included with your Adaptive Climbing Wall and helps instructors include children with cognitive, communicative, physical and sensory disabilities participate in a climbing wall program. Examples of activities include climbing wall games, language and math activities.

    What is the added liability or insurance need?

    Product Liability Insurance backs all Everlast Climbing™ products. It is also recommended that you consult with your insurance carrier to see if they require any additional insurance. With traverse walls, additional coverage is not typically required since the climber’s feet are not more than 3½’ off the floor and safety mats provide 6’ of fall zone protection.

    What do we need for safety surfacing?

    Mats are an important safety component of your climbing wall. Everlast Climbing offers safety mats in two thicknesses: 2” and 3". Mats are constructed of polyethylene foam enclosed in an 18-oz. polyester reinforced vinyl cover. They come in 4’ x 6’ sections and are available in Royal Blue, Red and 14 custom colors (for an additional cost).

    How can we prevent unauthorized climbing?

    Our patented Mat-Locking® System closes and locks your climbing wall when you want to restrict access. The system is cordless and really easy to use. Simply hang mats onto the climbing wall by hanging the webbing loops onto specially-designed hand holds. Push up the red security latch and lock with a few turns of the security bold. The mats Velcro® to one another and attach to the base of the climbing wall with nylon tabs. A "No Climbing" decal is printed on the outer side of the mats to serve as notice that the climbing wall is closed.

    Are we limited to a traverse wall that is either 20' or 40' long?

    No. We can build a traverse wall any desired length. Our website provides pricing and information for those two lengths, but we often build climbing walls with other lengths. Contact us and we will be happy to provide you with pricing and more details.

  • Shipping and Install


    Your wall will ship to the delivery address you specify via truck.  We cannot deliver to PO Boxes.

    You will need to meet the truck, break down the crate, and carry each piece of the climbing wall inside. This can take as little as 25 minutes with a group of 4 – 6 people. Lift gate is not available on any orders. If unloading is not an option for you, Inside Delivery is available. Please contact your salesperson to add this to your order.

    Please inspect all pallets and boxes before signing for the delivery. If there is any damage, you MUST note the damage on the delivery receipt BEFORE you sign it, or a damage claim cannot be filed with the trucking company. This is very important – please notify your receiving personnel and the person who usually signs for deliveries of this fact. Call us if there is any apparent damage and we will work with you to resolve the problem. Do not throw away any damaged material.

    Please protect your shipment until the installation takes place. Any damage occurring after receipt is your responsibility.


    Everlast Climbing offers professional climbing wall installation. Installation can also be completed by maintenance staff or anyone familiar with construction and building. A 20′-long Adaptive Wall will take roughly 3 to 4 hours to install. Installation is done by drilling panels into place using a 1/2” hammer drill bit, and securing them using sleeve anchors. For more information, download complete Installation Instructions: