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Ross has been climbing for over a decade, competing and coaching in the collegiate scene prior to moving to Western North Carolina in 2013. A licensed physical therapist, he first experienced adaptive sports while studying for his doctorate at Western Carolina University. He volunteered for a student-led adaptive climbing clinic the fall of 2016 and 2017 and, in partnership with Catalyst Sports, planned and implemented his own clinic in the fall of 2018. For Ross, adaptive climbing provides the perfect setting to combine his skills as a physical therapist with his passion for climbing.