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Evolv Gets New Ownership

It was recently announced that Evolv has been acquired by the Oberalp Group, an Italian company that also owns Salewa, Wild Country, and other brands focused on “mountain sports.” The acquisition marks a broadening of the Oberalp Group within the outdoors consumer market.
Brooke Raboutou - photo Eddie Fowke

Two North Americans Qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

History was recently made at the IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan, as 18-year-old Brooke Raboutou (USA) and 31-year-old Sean McColl (CAN) became the first ever North American and Canadian climbers to qualify for an Olympic Games. McColl and Raboutou were among six men and six women to provisionally earn a berth to the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo, taking place next summer.
job seeker in climbing gym

CBJ Job Board: Matching Top Candidates and Positions

Are you looking to hire qualified indoor climbing professionals? Or ready to take the next step in your career? The Climbing Business Journal has been...
Climbing Cafe Terre Haute Indiana

New Indiana Gym Blends Bouldering with Coffee

Specs: 4,000-square-foot facility combines coffee shop culture with traditional climbing gym offerings. The climbing features include bouldering walls, a MoonBoard, a peg board, a campus board, and an “aggressive” pull-up area (constructed to be “marine-proof,” as the gym is right next to a military recruiting station). The gym brews locally roasted coffee and sells a roast specifically made for the gym itself. It also offers an array of fruit smoothies and sandwiches with specialty bread from a local bakery. Climbing Cafe also sells branded t-shirts designed by the owners, with approximately a dozen different shirt designs featured at any one time. (And most of the revenue gets invested back into the local community.)

Futurist Climbing Flooring & Mats: A Long-Play Partnership

Futurist offers stable, single layer foam floors. Although there are no enforceable US climbing flooring standards, Futurist voluntarily follows the European and UK standards and has adhered to their own strict parameters. The company also uses a high-speed 3D laser cloud point scanner to accurately design and fabricate flooring that fits perfectly when installed. 100% financing to qualified clients up to half a million dollars.
G1 Climbing + Fitness

Broomfield’s Climbing Gym Is Under Construction

Specs: 25,000 square-foot facility will feature walls (55 feet tall) for lead climbing and top roping, as well as a speed climbing area. Additional amenities will include yoga and fitness classes, adult and youth climbing programs, lockers, a conference room, a Kilter Board, a Tension Board, and the availability of on-site childcare.
Youth climbers at competition

10 Ways to Improve Your Climbing Gym’s Youth Program

Youth climbing is booming. There is a growing number of gyms around the country, so the sport is naturally more accessible to youngsters than ever before. Also, as climbing cements itself more securely in the mainstream and in the lifestyle milieu, parents increasingly see it as a viable athletic option for kids. Here are 10 keys to making any youth program better, with special insider advice from youth program expert Nicole Brandt.
The Spot Denver

Denver Gets Its Spot

Specs: 19,000-square-foot bouldering gym in the downtown area, divided into three separate-but-connected rooms. Additional amenities include a Kilter Board by Lemur Designs, a Tension Board, workout equipment, a retail shop for gear sales and crashpad rentals, large bathrooms, and an open space for parties and events.   
Vertical Life route setter survey

First International Routesetter Survey

Italy-based Vertical Life - which primarily develops software for the climbing industry - has launched what the company describes as "the first comprehensive survey of routesetting around the world." By taking a closer look at the nuts and bolts of routesetting fundamentals, operations and careers, the survey intends to identify similarities and differences in routesetting standards and promote exchange within the routesetting profession.
Speed climbing

New Certified Speed Hold Manufacturer

The IFSC recently announced the appointment of Volx Climbing as the new IFSC Certified Speed Hold Manufacturer. According to the IFSC Speed License Rules, certified speed climbing holds are the only holds accepted for speed world record attempts and the certified speed hold manufacturer is set for a period of two years.