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CRUX envisions communities where all LGBTQ people feel empowered to participate in sports and outdoor recreation, and have access to do so.

CRUX Climbing Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rock climbing organization.
We are dedicated to expanding access to the sport of rock climbing and outdoor recreation for LGBTQ communities in the New York metropolitan area and eastern New York.
Through climbing, CRUX aims to build community, support physical and emotional well-being, and offer leadership opportunities to LGBTQ individuals, while providing education and visibility within the greater climbing community.


Founded in 2008, CRUX has grown to become the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally rock climbing organization in the United States, providing a variety of avenues for members of the LGBTQ population to participate and compete in rock climbing. CRUX has developed programming specifically for at-risk LGBTQ youth and hosts fundraising events to support other non-profit organizations that are working with these populations.

Why Rock Climbing?

Participation in sports:

  • increases physical fitness
  • improves mental health
  • develops inter-personal skills
  • increases self esteem.

As well as providing these skills, rock climbing develops:

  • trust
  • agility
  • precision
  • balance
  • problem-solving skills
  • the ability to face and overcome fear.

Each of these attributes lead to great personal growth and allow for the development of personal confidence that can be transferred to all aspects of life. While these skills are important for everyone, they are particularly important for members of minority groups and at-risk populations which are the focus of our work.
By providing a welcoming, supportive environment where everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability can participate, learn about the sport, and develop the skills necessary to become proficient, CRUX enables all members of the LGBTQ community and friends and supporters to reap the benefits of the sport.
Whether CRUX is working with at-risk youth or adults, we believe in the importance of physical and emotional health and the importance of experiential learning to impart life lessons that will help all participants develop the healthy habits and skills necessary to improve their lives

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