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Newark Gets Its First Gym

Newark Gets Its First Gym

Specs: 24,000-square-foot climbing facility on Broad Street in Newark’s downtown area, part of a larger mixed-use development of Walker House in the historic NJ Bell building. Of note is that it will be the first “climbing wall facility” in Newark, according to developers.

A Re-Opened Sanctuary for Climbing

A Re-Opened Sanctuary for Climbing

SANCTUARY CLIMBING AND FITNESS, SEASIDE, CA Specs: The previous Sanctuary Rock Gym closed in February after 23 years of operation, but a new location has been secured and a grand opening is set for September. The new gym will be more than 10,000 square feet and serve as the anchor facility for a large shopping…

Austin Gym To Get Even Bigger

Austin Gym To Get Even Bigger

Specs: A new 6,000-square-foot building will be added to the pre-existing Crux property located on Pickle Road in Austin, Texas. The new building will build on the gym’s fitness offerings and include new weightlifting and strength and conditioning amenities. The new building will also include a sauna. The total expanse of the gym will thus be 28,000 square feet and include walls for lead and top rope climbing, bouldering, as well as additional areas such as a yoga studio, locker rooms, a kids’ area, and “co-working space.” An outdoor area for community events and additional parking spaces will also be part of the renovation.

New Louisiana Gym Has a Mission

New Louisiana Gym Has a Mission

Specs: 12,000-square-foot facility that includes lead and top rope walls, top-out bouldering, and children’s walls. The space also caters to birthday parties and hosts climbing instructional courses—and there are plans to form teams for competitions soon too. Additional amenities include regular yoga classes, Refit fitness classes, “Parents’ Night Out” events, and after-school programs. The gym and its offerings have the mission of helping families “grow closer to God and each other.” Nearby establishments include a weight gym (ChristFit), a smoothie cafe (Fruits of the Spirit), a dance school, and a ministry.

Sterling Rope Acquired by Arborist Company

Sterling Rope Acquired by Arborist Company

By John Burgman Sterling Rope was recently acquired by North Carolina-based Sherrill, Inc. Sherrill is an arborist and climbing gear company, and is also the parent company of treestuff.com—a leading supplier of professional arborist and tree climbing equipment. Sterling, which makes climbing ropes that range from dynamic and static models to gym ropes designed for “high traffic,…

Summit Just Opened Large Gym in Plano

Summit Just Opened Large Gym in Plano

Specs: 32,000 square-foot facility (5,000 of which are for bouldering, 20,000 of which are for top-rope, lead, speed, and auto-belay climbing) located at the George Bush Turnpike and Coit Road, in Plano, Texas. The gym will be the largest climbing gym in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Additional amenities include a fitness area, a yoga studio, and a section specifically for kids’ climbing.

Sport Climbing Provisionally in 2024 Olympics

Sport Climbing Provisionally in 2024 Olympics

At its 134th Session, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday accepted the proposal of the Paris Organizing Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games (Paris 2024) to include four additional sports at the 33rd Summer Olympic Games: breaking, skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing. The Olympic Games in Paris are set to be the third Olympic…

Competitions For Your Inspiration

Competitions For Your Inspiration

The first Olympic Games with medals for climbing is right around the corner, and climbing will have additional medals in 2024. Now might be a good time to reevaluate how competitions and leagues fit into your event and marketing mix. Check out these recent comps for some inspiration.

2019 Grip List Awards

2019 Grip List Awards

Since 2014, CBJ’s Grip List Survey has been a tool that provides insight into which brands routesetters find particularly useful in a given year. This year 61 separate brands received at least one vote, with the top five brands receiving over half of the tallies. A new “People’s Choice” category was added, and for the first time voters were allowed to pick their top three favorite brands.

Routesetter Education Roundup

Routesetter Education Roundup

Many would say that routesetters create the core product of indoor climbing. It is certainly an art form, and also a craft; one with tools you need to keep sharp. Here’s some beta on routesetting resources and upcoming clinics around the country.

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