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Asheville

Welcome to the Asheville, North Carolina Chapter!

We provide life changing, community based, adaptive adventure sports for people with physical disabilities in Asheville and the surrounding communities.

Our current adaptive programs at this location include: 

Mountain Biking

Climbing

New to Catalyst Sports? Create an account below to see all events and register to participate in a program or to volunteer with us.

Existing participants/volunteers: Login below to check or make changes to your account and to see upcoming events.

Contact: asheville@catalystsports.org

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SPECIAL EVENT

White Water Rafting Trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City NC)
Aug 4th, 1:30pm
Dry Land Training June 20th 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Trip

Catalyst Sports is partnering with Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) for an Adaptive Whitewater Raft Trip. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. 

 

NOC will be providing all needed gear and professional guides for the trip. 

 

Dry Land Training will be held on June 20th 6:30pm Charles D Owen Park in Asheville (875 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa). Participants will have an opportunity to try on the gear and volunteers and staff will be on hand to outfit the rafts to fit individuals specific needs. Attendance is required. If you are unable to attend the dry land training date, please contact asheville@catalystsports.org to discuss potential alternatives. 

 

Age: The trip is open to participants ages 7 and up who meet the Essential Eligibility Criteria. Youth under 18 must have an adult caregiver/companion attend for the duration of the trip. 
 
Cost: $15 per person 

 

Essential Eligibility Criteria
  • Paddler should be able to breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
  • Paddler can maintain sealed airway passages while under water

  • Paddler can hold head upright without neck / head support

  • Paddler can manage personal care independently or with assistance from a companion

  • Paddler can manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance

  • Paddler can follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance from a companion

 

Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers who can accompany the group for the duration of the trip. Volunteers may be required to help with transfers, equipment moving, and on the water support. Volunteers must meet Essential Eligibility Criteria as well as be able to physically paddle, swim and should be comfortable in moving water. Please register as a volunteer at the link below.  Volunteer Registration is Free

 

Caregiver / Companion

There is an opportunity for one caregiver / companion to attend alongside the participant. This person would also need to meet the paddler criteria for the specific trip. Please create a volunteer membership and register at the separate link below as a caregiver / companion. 

Register Below

Adaptive Mountain Biking

Experience the thrill of being in nature with our Adaptive Mountain Bike Program! 

Location: The Asheville rides rotate between different trail heads within our region

​Riders and Volunteers sign up below to attend.

Mark your Calendars! 
More details & registration links to be posted as the ride approaches
Rides are dependent on weather & trail conditions

 

aMTB Group Rides & Events

 Adaptive Greenway Rides

Catalyst Sports is thrilled to bring you an Adaptive Bike Greenway Series! These rides offers
individuals with physical disabilities the chance to explore parks & greenways on adaptive bikes. 

 

These rides are structured differently from our traditional group rides.  The Greenway Series will take place at different parks & greenways in western North Carolina.  We encourage adaptive riders of all ages to bring a friend or family member to join your ride in the park (Please have your guest bring their own bike, or plan to walk/run with you during your ride).  Catalyst will help fit you to one of our fleet adaptive bikes & give you instructions on how to safely ride.  You are then free to enjoy your ride.


Thanks to the generous support from New Belgium Brewing, this event is free to the community.

Community Rides

Do you own an adaptive bike and want to have more opportunities to ride in the WNC bike community?

We are working closely with other group rides in our community to offer support for adaptive riders

Adaptive Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing: We host monthly adaptive climbing clinics for youth and adults with a wide range of physical disabilities. These sessions are open to all levels of climber from those who have never climbed before to experienced climbers looking for regular opportunities to climb with others.

Location: The Riveter –  701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732

Time: 4th Saturday of each month. 4pm – 6pm

Volunteer: Interested in supporting our adaptive climbers? We require belay certified volunteers for this role. All climbing volunteers must complete our adaptive climbing volunteer training before beginning. Register below to get started. 

 

Register below to climb or volunteer. You will be required to create an Adaptive Athlete or Volunteer account the 1st time you register.

Special Climbing Events in Asheville

Outreach Events

We welcome all of the Catalyst Crew to volunteer or visit our catalyst table

Our Community Partners

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