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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HG January Ice Climbing Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Lake Placid, NY
Jan 26 – Feb 1 all-day

**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

HG January Ice Climbing Program for Male & Female Veterans

  • Who: 6 Veterans/Service Members. This program is open to both female and male veterans.
  • What: Intro to ice climbing with Paradox Sports.  NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All skill levels welcome.
  • Where: Lake Placid, NY 
  • Accommodations: Shared bunk rooms on second floor of Bed and Breakfast
  • Accessibility: The approach can range from 20 – 45 minutes of navigating various terrain (uphill/downhill on snow, ice and on uneven ground) before arriving at the climbing site.
  • Cost: FREE – Higher Ground Covers ALL program related costs
A few notes about our program:
  • Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, 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.
For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

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