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USA Climbing recently announced that athletes Meagan Martin and Maureen Beck were being added to the organization’s Board of Directors. The additions are part of an expansion of USA Climbing’s Board, ultimately from 10 to 15 directors. USA Climbing’s CEO, Marc Norman, stated in a press release: “As we work to better serve the entirety of our climbing community and...
The Gravity Vault Brick, New Jersey Specs: New 16,000-square-foot facility is the 10th Gravity Vault gym and officially opened on November 14, 2020. The gym features mixed climbing (top-rope, lead, and bouldering), as well as training and fitness equipment, a yoga space, and a pro shop with gear.   Walls & Flooring: Rockwerx Website: www.gravityvault.com/locations/brick-nj Instagram: @gravityvaultbrick In Their Words: “Brick New Jersey is an amazing...
Just a few thoughts The word 'joy' seems out of sync this holiday season. So many rhythms have been disrupted, but maybe the ways the beat goes on can be a source of hope. Climbers from Australia and South Africa just qualified for the Olympics, gyms and brands continue to bring climbing to new places, and don't forget the beat within yourself, every day. Like when climbing, staying mindful...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
Christoph Gabrysch’s spray wall doubles as a training space and warm-up zone for his nearby projects. He designed his wall in Kempton, Germany, to allow for 6 “real moves” alongside a full-sized campus board. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? Planning started in March 2019 and the set up began in...
Welcome to the November Grips Wrap in cooperation with Climbing Hold News Reviews, where we bring you the latest in climbing holds, macros and volumes each month. As we head into end of year celebrations and gift giving, there’s one gift your setting crew is sure to appreciate and actually use: new grips. Companies are still releasing fresh shapes as 2020...
Ask a Lawyer is a recurring column where attorney Jason Pill answers questions submitted by people who work in the climbing industry. For this edition, Pill examines a new set of COVID-19 emergency standards that are required for California businesses (including climbing centers). Since COVID-19 news is evolving so quickly, there is a chance that similar standards could eventually...
The year 2016 was a memorable one for climbing. In the competition world, sport climbing got its first ticket to the Olympic Games, set to take place next year―with multiple North American athletes on the roster. In the indoor industry stateside, the number of commercial gyms in the US rose above 400, and the growth rate in Canada was...
Elev8 Climbing + Fitness Traverse City, Michigan Specs: 10,600-square-foot, full-service facility is being built from the ground up and will offer 6,000 square feet of climbing surface. One fixture of the gym is a 34 x 24-foot, south-facing window that lights a 40-foot lead/top-rope wall and 10-meter speed lane. A mezzanine above the bouldering wall provides a panoramic view of the...
The IFSC recently announced that Salt Lake City—the home city of USA Climbing’s headquarters—is scheduled to host back-to-back World Cup events this spring: A bouldering World Cup competition on May 21-22, and a bouldering and speed competition the following weekend—on May 28-30. USA Climbing is also scheduled to host a Paraclimbing World Cup stateside in the month of October. These...
Just a few thoughts. Even though the best things in life are usually free, the holiday practice of gift giving is still a way to extend gratitude to the people around us. Friends and family, colleagues and staff, and so many others have been supporting us during this period. If you can afford to, give a meaningful gift to your staff or homewallers in...