Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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CBJ Homewall of the Week
Three walls, one pergola, and a Moonboard make up Paul Gotaco’s backyard bouldering space in Pacoima, CA. Despite a few slip-ups and some heavy lifting, Paul is in the process of curating his ideal training venue. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? I’ve had my moonboard for 4 years now. The...
Strati Climbing Home Wall Survey
Home climbing walls have always been popular with dedicated climbers, and the current Covid-19 pandemic has only increased that popularity. We would like to learn more about this growing industry niche, and share with you what we find out. So we've teamed up with Strati Climbing for this survey, and will report on the findings afterward. www.climbingbusinessjournal.com/homewallsurvey You can take the...
Hiring in the Age of COVID
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 dives into the question of what gyms should consider when hiring in the age of COVID. Got a legal question that you’d like him to tackle about your gym, your employees, or anything...
Brooklyn Boulders Lincoln Park (Chicago), Illinois Specs: The 43,000-square-foot new big-city Brooklyn Boulders gym features “best in class bouldering and adventurous fitness programming,” according to the gym’s website. For climbing, this includes freestanding boulders, a symmetrical traverse wall, a campus training wall, and several auto-belays. Other offerings include yoga, HIIT, Bootcamp, and additional group fitness classes, weightlifting and cardio equipment, youth...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
Over the course of 11 years, Joe S. has made 5 separate remodels to his bouldering barn in Springfield, OR. A campus board, ring setup, and multi-angle structure make this once dilapidated barn the ultimate, rustic training dojo. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? The wall began in 2009, over the...
Behind the Desk…is an ongoing series that profiles people influencing and advancing the climbing gym industry around the world. This year, CBJ has (virtually) traveled to South America, Canada, Australia and elsewhere to speak to gym owners and managers. And for this Behind the Desk edition, we reached out to Yuval Hamburg, owner of Performance Rock in Israel, to...
Climbing changes lives. Most climbers have experienced this in some way, whether that is finding new depths and tenacity within yourself, letting climbing bring you to new parts of the world and introduce you to interesting people, or even discovering climbing and then altering your entire life’s trajectory. What else has changed lives lately? COVID-19 for one. And the pandemic...
Goat Climbing Gym Hackensack, New Jersey Specs: Goat Climbing Gym, a privately-owned, multi-level facility in the heart of Hackensack, New Jersey, will feature nearly 18,000 square feet of total climbing space ranging from roped sections (lead, top rope and auto belay) to bouldering areas. The gym will also include dual IFSC-standard 15-meter speed climbing walls, a station of hangboards, a Tension...
CBJ Homewall of the Week
This week’s homewall only had 8-foot ceilings to work with. Despite that, owner Kevin K made the most of his basement in Saratoga Springs, UT, by building a 5-panel cave with over 11ft of climbing. Check out past HWOW here. When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby? Yes and no. My friend gave me the idea to...
The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) has published the results from its latest monthly reopening survey for the month of August. The results show multiple encouraging signs for climbing gyms in North America―now six months into the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. In terms of reopening, for instance, 86 percent of gyms responding to the question answered that some or all of their...