New York




We use recreation, therapy, and continuing support to give people of all abilities a better life.
Together we bridge the gap between disability and belonging.


Western New York is home to one of the largest veterans populations in the country. It is also a place of great natural beauty and a strong, family-oriented community – the elements that have made Higher Ground so successful for over 20 years.

Higher Ground New York Programs support service members, veterans, and their families. We use therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports to help facilitate a change in perspective and give the participants the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration process.



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An image of New York Sponsor Logos including Beaver Hollow, Body to Mind, Central Rock Gym, Wekanu, Paradox Sports, Laps for Limbs, and Wolcott Farms

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HG Singles Week-long Rock Climbing Veteran Program @ Rumney, NH
Aug 11 – Aug 16 all-day
August 11-16, 2022 Mixed Singles Week-long Rock Climbing Program in Rumney, NH
  • Who: 8-10 Veterans/Service Members and their supporters. This program is open to both female and male veterans.
    • Note: As part of our individuals programming, you may bring a supporter (optional) which can be a family member (18 or over), friend, or fellow veteran who is a significant part of your daily life
  • What: Intro to rock climbing with Paradox Sports. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All skill levels welcome.
  • Where: Rumney, NH
  • Accommodations: Barn Door Hostel Rumney, NH
  • Accessibility: The approach can range from 15-30 minutes of navigating various terrain (uneven trails with rocks, boulders, stone steps, sand and gravel, uphill/downhill) before arriving at the climbing site.
  • Cost: Higher Ground Covers ALL related costs for veterans and their supporter
*submitting interest in our program is not an official registration, program fill/participant selection is based on a variety of factors* A few notes about our program:
  • Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTS, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy wait list, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

A veteran ice climbing.
A veteran riding a horse around a barrel with the American Flag and HG banner in the background
A male veteran and wife sitting on a sail boat with smiles on their faces enjoying the blue skies and wind in their faces.
Two people rocking climbing at an outdoor wall in a forest