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Cornerstone Rock Gym Glen St. Mary, Florida Specs: 7,600-square-foot facility in northeastern Florida offers bouldering and rope climbing, including a section of autobelays. The facility also features a Ninja course, fitness equipment, and a party/event room. The gym originated when founder Jered Bearden met Marc Heileman, owner of Treadstone Climbing in Columbus, Georgia. That meeting prompted discussions of building a new climbing...
A personal note To celebrate our 52nd weekly CBJ Insider newsletter I’d like to break from our usual messaging to pass you this personal note. This year has been filled with challenge and tragedy. But I also have seen beauty and love all over. Personally, this year will be remembered for all the bonus time with my kids. It’s been a...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
Working with repurposed materials he already had, Rob B. created his ideal, multi-angle home gym at zero cost in Columbus, OH. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? 2018 How long did it take you to build? 1 week Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build? Free. I used reclaimed/scrap/donation wood for all framing, walls,...
Inside Voices
The Threat of Mass Closures Leads Climbing Gyms to Unite With Global Public Awareness Campaign Boulder, CO – March 23, 2021: Today, Inside Voices is launching a movement to save the indoor climbing industry, spearheaded by the Climbing Wall Association (CWA). The campaign is poised to address the uncertain future climbing gyms are facing in the wake of the global...
The Grip Report: March 2021
March features a duality of whimsical, amorphous shapes mixed with a heavy dose of geometric angles. There's a little something for every setter this month. Enjoy!   ATOMIK New from Atomik: Screw-on Golfus Volume - XL Shark - Ducky - Rocket BLOCZ New from Blocz: Pinch 2.0 EGRIPS New from eGrips: Khans Mega Sloper Jug - Khans Slopers - Khans Crimps - Khans Edges - Khans...
In many ways, 2020 was a year to forget for the climbing gym industry. Gyms in North America oscillated between closed and open due to the pandemic, and reopened gyms are still reckoning with capacity restrictions and reduced consumer confidence. By year’s end, more than 20 gyms in the U.S. and Canada had permanently closed their doors, according to...
Behind the Desk…is a series that interviews people who work at gyms and are part of the climbing industry. When we heard that The Cliffs at Harlem, a newly opened gym in New York City, was offering membership scholarships and free day passes to anyone who lives in the neighborhood, it sparked our interest. So, we reached out to...
The Cliffs at Harlem New York City, NY Specs: 15,000-square-foot facility opened in February and is reportedly the largest bouldering-focused gym in New York City, according to a press release from The Cliffs. In addition to the boulders, the new climbing gym features campus boards, a Tension Board, a MoonBoard, as well as lockers, showers, cardio equipment and a gear shop....
Just a few thoughts For decades, routesetters have been providing the primary products climbing gyms offer: the routes. From LA to Baltimore, Vancouver to Toronto, SLC to Chattanooga, San Diego to Houston. As a setter in the modern gym industry, your labor is in high demand, and we want to help you improve your craft. So, what would you like to know? Send your questions to info@climbingbusinessjournal.com. Stuff for Insiders The Bring In the Girls Initiative Releases Four Incredible...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
Just in time for Covid, Jordan P. finished up his homewall complete with 4,300 screw-in t-nuts. This decked out home gym has walls up to 13 feet with commercial padding for protection, with a few perks for the kids! Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? It was completed in 2019 (just...