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Gecko Climbing Gym Phoenix, Arizona Specs: 11,440-square-foot facility will include roped walls up to 30-feet tall, as well as bouldering walls up to 15-feet, several autobelays, and a Kilter Board. The gym will also feature a climbing wall for kids (with a top-out slide). Additional planned amenities include a yoga and fitness room, a party room, a gear shop, a cafe/snack...
If you ask Ernest Coletta what he wants to be, he will say “a ditch digger.” If you ask him what he reads at night to relax, he’ll show you a copy of Human Survivability of Extreme Impacts (1963). And if you join him for breakfast, expect it might be interrupted about 7:45. And what does any of this have to do...
Just a few thoughts 2021 is here and the pandemic is still with us, but there’s good news around us too. 90% of gym staff and 80% of customers reported 1 positive case or less in November, and at least some relief for small businesses and vaccinations are on the horizon. Climbing gyms and their staff are setting an example, but they need you this...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This 45-degree training wall is the perfect compliment to Elizabeth Sepulveda's comp training. The steep angle, with volumes for added dimension, allows her to work on specific weaknesses like power. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? I built my wall in April 2020 once it became apparent that gym's would remain...
Mike St. Laurent
Editor's note: this was sent from the business below and posted verbatim without edit or fact-check. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 6, 2021 Contact: Marybeth Campeau Director of Marketing & Communications, Triangle Rock Club 423-488-1500 marybeth@trianglerockclub.com TRIANGLE ROCK CLUB APPOINTS NEW LEADERSHIP North Carolina’s largest indoor climbing center operator has appointed Mike St. Laurent as Chief Operating Officer. RALEIGH, NC, Jan 6—Triangle Rock Club has appointed Mike St....
Ask a Lawyer is a recurring column where attorney Jason Pill answers questions submitted by people who work in the climbing industry. Recent installments have dealt with various issues related to COVID-19, as the pandemic has created myriad situations and complications for gym staffing and operations. For this edition, Pill takes a closer look at COVID-19 vaccination as it relates...
New Stone Climbing gym in Florida
Stone Climbing St. Augustine, Florida Specs: 11,500-square-foot Stone Climbing gym coming to Florida, built from the ground up, will feature bouldering walls that measure up to 16-feet, as well as a 35-foot “Central Pillar of Frenzy” that will contain lead climbing and top-rope walls. A separate kids climbing area will exist on an upper mezzanine along with a room for parties....
Just a few thoughts New Years is usually a time of reflection and celebration. Even if it feels like there’s not much good to draw from 2020, the turn of the calendar is still an opportunity to renew core values and look forward. Gyms are staying optimistic, organizations continue to get better, and vaccines are on the way. At the very least, a crazy 2020 is...
CWA Summit presentation
This week, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announced the cancellation of its 2021 Summit—the organization’s annual conference and trade show—which had been scheduled to take place on May 12-14 in Colorado. This announcement marks the second year in a row the Summit has been cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.   An email announcement from CWA about the cancellation stated:...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
Five years ago, life got hectic for Max Taylor, so he decided to bring the climbing to his home in Salem, CT, and remove a big excuse to skip training. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? I built my wall 5 years ago right before my son was born, so I...