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By Noah RezentesClimbing holds have come a long way since the first holds shaped in clay hit the US market in the early 1980s. Polyester, polyurethane, wood, fiberglass and even aluminum holds now adorn the walls of climbing gyms around the globe. Digital 3D boulder problem scanning and 3-D hold printing are now in our vocabulary, and more experiments...
Last week, professional climber Magnus Midtbø released a video on his popular YouTube channel profiling a new gym that he is opening in Kristiansand, Norway. The gym resides in a building that formerly housed a kids indoor adventure park with 57-foot-walls, ropes courses, a few climbing walls, and other features. While touring the space in the video, Midtbø noted...
USA Climbing recently inked a multi-year partnership with the outdoor brand YETI. YETI is perhaps best known as the maker of insulated coolers, tumblers, and other beverageware. As a result of the deal, YETI becomes the organization’s “Official Sustainability Partner”.The initial large-scale integration of the YETI brand into USA Climbing will be as the first title sponsor for the...
Synergy Climbing and Ninja Chattanooga, TN Specs: This new facility is a revamped and expanded version of the Tennessee Bouldering Authority, a popular Chattanooga gym that has been in existence since the year 2000 with 3,000-square-feet of “indoor rock climbing walls and dedicated training space.”Synergy Climbing and Ninja is a collaborative effort between legendary climber Lisa Rands and American Ninja Warrior...
Le Crux Laval, Quebec, Canada Specs: 17,000-square-foot facility will feature 10,000 square feet of bouldering terrain. Other amenities will include a gear shop and a training area with weights, campus boards, two hydraulic walls (Kilter and Tension), and other accoutrements. The floorplan will also include workspace, according to the gym’s co-propriétaire, Jean-François M. Carrier: “There will be a lot of students...
Rock Gym Pro (RGP), the popular customer management and point of sales software for climbing gyms, announced in a January update that it now has an application programming interface (API). The API enables gyms using RGP to connect their activity in the RGP software with external marketing services.Already, the API works with Zapier, an integrations platform that automates actions...
The annual gathering for climbing gym industry professionals, which is the largest of its kind in North America, is scheduled to kick-off on May 11, 2020.The CWA Summit, hosted by the Climbing Wall Association, will consist of pre-conference workshops to begin the week, followed by a keynote speech and a welcome party on May 13. Roundtable discussions and panel...
Behind the Desk…is an ongoing series that interviews people influencing and advancing the climbing industry in gyms around the country. This time CBJ explores one of the largest collections of gyms in the country, Touchstone, and talks to one of the key persons behind the company’s community engagement and ongoing stewardship efforts.Name: Mailee Hung Title: Director of Communications and Community...
It was recently announced that the Triangle Rock Club in Richmond, Virginia, has finished adding a new space to its original facility. The new, adjoining building includes 14,000 square feet of climbing space—with roped walls (by Walltopia) at a height of 47 feet and padded flooring by Futurist. A speed climbing wall is also part of the addition. Also,...
Behind the Wrench…is an ongoing series that interviews the “rock stars” of the climbing industry, the routesetters at the gyms. This time CBJ heads to sunny San Diego to talk about the unique similarities of routesetting and dancing, being influenced by others, and what routesetters should really be called.Name: Claire Miller Home Gym: Grotto Climbing & Yoga Location: San Diego, CaliforniaCBJ:...