Climbing event for kids, adults with special needs to be held in Caldwell | Idaho Press-Tribune Local News

Free events for children with special needs are planned for Caldwell and Driggs in September. Courageous Kids Climbing will host free wall climbing events for children and adults with special needs, physical or developmental. Both events run from 10 a.m. until noon.

Reservations are required for both events.

Climbing has been shown to benefit children with special needs in a variety of ways.

For the children with developmental challenges, it helps them to learn how to focus; enhances coordination and provides the opportunity to practice their problem-solving skills. For the child with physical challenges, utilizing the organization’s special harnesses, it provides a chance for the child to leave the horizontal world and experience the vertical world.

The Caldwell event will be held on Sept. 9 at the YMCA in Caldwell.

The Heidi’s Kids Climb will be held Sept. 10 at the Teton Rock Gym in Driggs. The event is named for Heidi Hochstrasser, the manager of the Teton Rock Gym and avid local rock climber who loved to work with kids. She is best remembered for giving each courageous climber at the Driggs events a blue ribbon for participating. Hochstrasser was killed in an automobile crash in December 2016.

Local rock climbers are also invited to come out and help coach the kids.

“To date we have had almost 300 courageous climbers come out to over a dozen events,” said event coordinator Jeff Riechmann of Courageous Kids Climbing. “We have worked with kids facing the challenges of cerebral palsy, autism and blindness as well as many other challenges.”

To reserve a spot for your child or to volunteer to be a coach, contact Riechmann at For  information on the events, visit their Facebook page, Courageous Kids Climbing.

Courageous Kids Climbing is based in McCall and provides free opportunities for children with special needs, physical…

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