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A number of climbing brands recently announced that they have joined the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. By joining the ongoing movement, those entities vowed to suspend Facebook and Instagram advertising globally for the foreseeable future. A message titled “Demand Change” on stophateforprofit.org stated: “We’re urging individuals to sign the petition to #StopHateforProfit and send a message to Facebook that profits...
The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) recently released the results of a June survey that tracked various aspects related to reopening. The survey came on the heels of industry-wide facility closures and subsequent reopenings around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than 80 percent of the responses to the CWA survey came from operators of climbing gyms, with other participants including...
By Noah Rezentes, John Burgman and Joe RobinsonFrom an economic standpoint, this year has been perhaps the most challenging in the history of the industry. As COVID-19 swept across the globe, the ongoing pandemic prompted the temporary closures of hundreds of climbing gyms—a phenomenon unlike anything ever experienced in the climbing world, and a challenge that gyms continue to...
This year's Grip List Survey was far and away the largest vote we have ever held. The total number of votes was more than double our previous high, and the number of "professional routesetters" (more on that below) who responded was also an all-time high. Our deep thanks goes out to everyone who took the time to vote! The...
Behind the Wrench… is an ongoing series that interviews the “rock stars” of the climbing industry, the routesetters at the gyms. This time CBJ ventures to The Front Climbing Club, one of the most legendary gyms in the U.S., to talk behind the wrench with Eddie Morillas, the Director of Routesetting, about how the pandemic is impacting routesetting, whether...
As the climbing gym industry continues to adjust to ongoing changes and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is all the more important to be familiar with the numerous organizations, agencies and health institutions that provide guidance and protocols (and, in some instances, requirements). Indeed, while many of these entities have overlapping objectives related to keeping the population safe...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This week’s Home Wall of the Week is another Covid build, with another bright and fun paint job. This one lives in a backyard in La Mesa, California. It's owner Thomas C.'s second homewall, he seems to be getting the hang of it!When did you build your wall? I started this build around mid April after realizing that it would...
USA Climbing’s (USAC) Board of Directors has confirmed the realignment of the regions and divisions for its Youth and Collegiate competition series. The approved recommendations came from USAC’s Realignment Task Force (RTF), which was formed in 2018 to review the organizations’ geographic structure for better “inclusiveness, athlete well-being, growth, and international success,” according to USAC’s press release. The changes...
USA Climbing recently announced that Dr. Constance “Connie” Lightner will join its Board of Directors. Lightner, the mother of decorated American competitor Kai Lightner, will begin her term on September 1 following current and longtime member Patti Rube’s completion of term.Dr. Lightner is a professor in the department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville,...
CHNR Monthly Wrap 2020 June
Welcome to the second “monthly wrap” in cooperation with Climbing Hold News Reviews where we will bring you the latest in climbing holds, macros and volumes.  We hope you love this as much as we do!It’s been a challenging month here in America with social change and important issues occurring everywhere.  As Covid-19 appears to be here to stay, commercial climbing...