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The industry’s trade association, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA), announced yesterday the launch of a new initiative to support climbing gyms during the pandemic. The collective marketing campaign aims to “cultivate support from industry partners and community ambassadors to help ease the financial threat climbing gyms are facing,” according to a CWA press release. Called “Inside Voices,” the campaign calls...
Behind the Wrench…is an ongoing series that interviews the “rock stars” of the climbing industry: the routesetters at the gyms. For this installment, we head north to talk with Christopher Deal. Deal has an interesting personal story. He initially intended to start his own gym in Fargo, North Dakota. But those plans changed when a nearby business called Nature...
MyClimb is offering an effortless solution to help gyms run climbing Leagues. With MyClimb’s League feature, leagues are more enjoyable for everyone involved. Gyms can take advantage of customizable leagues formats, automated registration, and provide real-time score calculation to their participants. Climbers can enjoy creating teams with their friends, climbing logging through the app, and real-time leaderboards. MyClimb is also currently supporting...
Texas-based Summit recently announced that it is expanding its Plano location by adding an enclosed youth team training center (for Team Texas), a cafe, and an outdoor bouldering wall—all across the street from the preexisting Plano gym. The additions will be seen as an annex or “addendum” to the Summit Plano facility, and gym members will be able to...
There’s no shortage of valuable articles, videos and podcasts being published online around the climbing industry. We highlight some of the major storylines from last week below. To get all the latest news in your inbox and before this roundup hits the web, sign-up for our weekly Insider newsletter here. Just a few thoughts The winter months are always a drag, and...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This pre-covid build in San Mateo, CA, was the perfect 6th birthday gift for Russ Renza’s twin boys. The 10-30-degree adjustable feature allows the family to make it more challenging as they progress in their newfound hobby. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? We built it as a 6th birthday present...
It is always sad when a climbing gym goes out of business. I don’t say that flippantly. Sometimes, for me, the news of a gym’s closure is coupled with a somber phone chat with the owner. And it is during those conversations that I usually sense the true sting—the gloom, the grief. Gym owners have told me that they...
Just a few thoughts The climbing gym industry in the U.S. and Canada grew by 5.1% in 2020, in terms of total gyms. 44 new gyms opened their doors in the U.S. and 9 more in Canada, during a pandemic year. Every gym deserves an award for chugging through 2020 and continuing to believe in climbing, and so do the climbers who...
Climbing For Change (C4C), the nonprofit founded by professional climber Kai Lightner in 2020, has opened the application process for its first four grant programs. The grants range from outdoor climbing to competition and leadership opportunities, all with the purpose of “ BIPOC participation in rock climbing and the outdoor adventure activities.” One of the four programs, offered in partnership...
Details recently emerged regarding a legal settlement between a Northvale, New Jersey, climbing facility, High Exposure, and a customer who was injured there more than four years ago. According to an article by Charles Toutant on Law.com, the customer—Brittany Lilos—was ascending a 30-foot-tall “climbing obstacle” at the gym known as the “Leap of Faith” on November 7, 2016. The summit of...