EVERY BODY CLIMBS
Above Limits was approved as an I.R.S. 501(c)(3) in 2009 and founded by Michael L. DeCavalcante of Camp Hill, PA and Mark Gerner of Burke, VA. Mike is an M.I.T. educated engineer, inventor and entrepreneur and Mark is a West Point educated teacher and consultant to the Pentagon as a retired Colonel. Mike and Mark are both climbers and hold a U.S. patent for their innovative 2:1 advantage, ascending/descending system allowing folks with paralysis to climb independently. They have invented many such systems combining industry standard methods of ropework. Above Limits’ mission has evolved from solely operating events to one of direct education, inspiration and communication of welcome access.
Welcome Access Recreation (WAR) Map shows where folks with varying disabilities are included to participate in extreme sports, like climbing, cycling, skiing, kayaking and more. Specific data elements include adaptive program experience and adaptive equipment and techniques available.
Future adaptive climbing clinics & programs sponsored by Above Limits, Catalyst or Paradox Sports. These events demonstrate adaptive techniques to caregivers and participants with or without disabilities, including autism, blindness, injury & paralysis.
Mike and Mark from Above Limits’ have been observing folks with varying disabilities participate in our adaptive climbing programs for almost 20 years. We are moved to write about the therapeutic effect climbing has on kids and adults.