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The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) has published the results from its latest monthly reopening survey for the month of August. The results show multiple encouraging signs for climbing gyms in North America―now six months into the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In terms of reopening, for instance, 86 percent of gyms responding to the question answered that some or all of their...
Behind the Desk… is a series that interviews people who support and work in the climbing industry, and particularly those people who own and manage facilities. This week’s installment is a bit unique. Like others, we—at CBJ—have been following the news about the destructive fires out West. And we know that climbing communities in states like California, Oregon and...
A common analogy in the insurance world is that insurance is like a parachute―you hope you won’t ever have to use it, but when you need it you want to ensure it’s packed right. Of course price is always a key consideration, but with something that crucial to your (or your business’ financial) survival, you have to balance the...
Uplift Climbing Shoreline, Washington Specs: 7,300-square-foot facility will be bouldering-only, featuring 14-foot-tall walls that will vary in overhanging angles from 5-degrees to as much as 60-degrees. Additional amenities will include hangboards, campus board, a MoonBoard and a Tension Board. Cardio and weightlifting equipment will also be offered. Gym programming will range from community events to classes and outdoor stewardship, according to...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This week’s homewall lives in Santa Ana, CA and uses music-reactive LED light strips to spice up backyard training sessions. Owner My V. replaced the upright supports with ratchets to turn his second-hand board into an adjustable and symmetrical masterpiece. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? End of June, so yes...
In August, CBJ reported that USA Climbing would be “going virtual” for its 2020-2021 competition season as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Specifically, USA Climbing’s forthcoming virtual season format will consist of events held over a two-week period, whereby competitors’ attempts and success on routes/boulders in a venue will be tracked with an app and compared to results...
Britton Frankel DynoClimb
Behind the Desk... is a series of interviews with people who support and work in the climbing industry, and particularly those people who own and manage facilities. For this week’s installment, CBJ heads to Central Florida to talk to Britton Frankel, co-owner behind the desk at DynoClimb. The family-owned and family-operated gym’s stated mission is: “to make a lasting...
The Goat Fort Warren, Pennsylvania Specs: New facility will feature 3,000 square feet of climbing “in a clean, open space with lots of natural light,” according to owner Dana Harrington. Harrington notes that the gym will be primarily a bouldering gym, although special classes will be offered occasionally to utilize the facility’s top-rope and lead walls.   Harrington also points out that the...
CHNR August Wrap
Welcome to August Monthly Wrap in cooperation with Climbing Hold News Reviews where we will bring you the latest in climbing holds, macros and volumes. Odd enough, even though we aren’t quite to Halloween, a Bat hold theme emerged this month! We hope you love this as much as we do! E-GRIPS E-Grips has released several new 3D rendered shapes this month...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This week’s HWOW takes home-gyms to a new dimension. The Hell Cave, a Moonboard, and a sweet bluetooth system make Jed P’s home gym in Madbury, NH, the ultimate training dojo. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? This spring, but we were planning it since 2018. I started thinking of this...