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Planet Granite Fountain Valley

New Gym Coming to Orange County

Specs: 30,000 square-foot (bouldering-only) facility just north of the popular Huntington Beach area of Southern California will feature 14-foot walls. Additional amenities will include a yoga studio and a training area with Kilter and Tension boards and hydraulic campus boards, as well as social lounges, work spaces, and a gear shop. The gym will offer various classes for adults and youth. It will be part of the El Cap family of gyms.
Momentum Millcreek

Momentum Millcreek to Expand

It was recently announced that Momentum Millcreek in Salt Lake City, Utah, plans to expand. The 24,000-square-foot facility will take over adjacent space that was previously occupied by Planet Fitness. As a result, the Millcreek gym will grow in size by 60 percent. The new space will be used for additional bouldering walls, a yoga studio, and a training area.
Stone Gardens Tukwila

New Bouldering “Garden” To Open In The Pacific Northwest

Specs: 22,000-square-foot bouldering facility scheduled to open in 2020 will include routes for all levels of climbers, as well as a fitness area with training boards, cardio equipment, and weights. The gym will have the potential to expand into a full-service, 40,000-square-foot gym with roped climbing once it is up and running. Of note is that one of the largest shopping malls in the Pacific Northwest, known as Westfield Southcenter, will be just north of the gym. The sprawling shopping area includes a movie theater, numerous retailers, and many restaurants. Other, preexisting Stone Gardens locations include gyms in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.
Stanford Climbing Team

Back To School: Climbing Thrives at the College Level

It is that time of year when students around the country say goodbye to summer and gear up for the start of a new academic year at colleges and universities. While mention of college sports often conjures up thoughts of football on crisp autumn days or basketball tournament brackets amid the frenzy of March Madness, the sport of climbing is being offered by more schools every year—often in the form of recreational university clubs. There is also an annual Collegiate National Championship competition sanctioned by USA Climbing.
Brooke Raboutou - photo Eddie Fowke

Two North American Olympians // New Evolv Owner // Puerto Rican “Dream Gym”

Don't miss the news for week beginning August 26, 2019: Two North Americans Qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Evolv Gets New Ownership “Dream Gym” Opens in Puerto...
El Bloque in Puerto Rico

“Dream Gym” Opens in Puerto Rico

Specs: 5,000-square-foot bouldering gym in Puerto Rico resides in what was once a vacant space following the ravage of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The facility features 13-foot walls, along with a yoga room, a training area, a lounge, a shower stall, and a retail shop.

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.)