Exhibitor Roundup: 2019 CWA Summit

2019 CWA Summit Exhibitor Floor

In case you missed the CWA Summit a few weeks ago, we compiled this exhibitor review. Hope you notice something new!

Sections below:


Climbing Holds


Blocz, Blue Pill, Unit, Goodgrip

  • Blocz has 38 new volumes: Hexatites, Coffers, Pinches, Spears, Bigboards, Megaboards
  • Launched Punksetter Routesetting Game with proceeds to Climbers Against Cancer
  • Goodgrip makes setting tools, brushes like IndoorPro, and offers custom branding
  • Unit Holds offers 15 unique fiberglass shapes made by Blocz


  • Will be releasing new shapes soon


  • Worlds largest producer of polyester and polyurethane artificial climbing holds
  • Dannomond excels in high abraision resistance, strength, impact resistance
  • Production house for dozens of brands world-wide

Egrips, Trango, Tenaya

  • Launched Ty Foose’s new dual-tex Stealth line
  • Displayed their soon-to-be-released high end Mastia
  • Three new management team members that bring 60 years of industry experience


  • Moving production to Aragon
  • New shapes and shapers coming
  • Remolding the classics

Escape, Friction, Kingdom, Working Class

  • Launched a new dual texture line called Fusion
  • Displayed samples of new Silverback plastic which will release in Fall 2019
  • Kingdom and Working Class will continue to be produced at Aragon and CompX


  • Introduced their new line of 173 holds made by two small town routesetters
  • Produced at Aragon

Kilter, Haptic, Urban Plastix

  • Showed off their collaboration Lemur Designs Kilter Board
  • Brought brand new Tremors from Urban Plastix which relaunched this year
  • Displayed Ian Powell’s new Tufa system


  • EverActive Wall fits Moon, Tension, Kilter
  • Volumes made for stacking
  • Positive texture diff-tex

Legacy Ascension, Method, Menagerie, ENIX

  • Legacy Ascension showed off the new Rails and Ears mini jugs
  • Method brought their new Slick Willies and first copies of new Belly Busters
  • Menagerie sent their new Torso Plates to The Shape Gallery

Premium Holds & Volumes

  • Makers of 360, Simpl., Cheeta and Squadra holds and volumes
  • European brands from a team of highly experienced IFSC routesetters


  • New shapes coming from Dan Yagmin and Jared Roth
  • Updating many shapes while shifting production

Rock Candy

  • Displayed the unreleased Brachiopods, an evolution of their Gastropods
  • Growing their Support Your Local Route Setter with free holds and setting clinics
  • Psyched to continue offering these professional development opportunities

So iLL

  • Showed off the new LEVEL line from Jason Kehl
  • Introduced their Setter Shoe to handle the rigors of routesetting/forerunning sessions
  • Dave and Dan Chancellor are behind 1Climb, working to get 100K kids climbing


  • Training equipment for climbers made in the USA from US hardwoods
  • Mirrored and adjustable 8’x12′ training board suitable for climbers V3-V15
  • New hangboard system coming soon


  • Brought their Tubbies, Blubber, Moon Pie, Patina and popular Blocks
  • Featured their new Bubous Cobbles at The Shape Gallery


  • Displayed a variety of fiberglass and wood volumes
  • Owner and veteran shaper of 20 years, Ilyan Mihaylov, has been sculpting since 8th grade

Climbing Walls


Brewer Fitness

  • Brought their classic Treadwall
  • Moving vertically encourages people to find their inner youth

Citywall, Climb1

  • Slovenian climbing wall builder
  • Volumes from their Infinity line are designed to nest together
  • Authorized manufacturer for IFSC


  • Delire Escalade has been building and installing climbing walls for over 15 years
  • Mainly serve Northeast region of U.S. and Canada with over 80 employees and 3 locations


  • Showed off their new gym The Spot Denver
  • Shared UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup footage from February 2019 on Eldo walls
  • Announced new branding, ownership, and move to purpose-built office/manufacturing facility


  • Official partner and supplier to USA Climbing
  • Official exclusive climbing wall partner of IFSC


  • Low maintenance training board that assembles easily and installs anywhere
  • Compatible with Moon, Tension, Kilter


  • Unique walls with dual tex elements, dual-tex volumes, and soon dual-tex campus rungs
  • VevetGrip was developed over 2 years, offers blend of grip and friction, not too abrasive
  • Durable aluminum tags with optional custom text or logos printed directly

Jam Walls

  • Unveiled their “Crax”, a series of modular crack panels
  • Can be mounted to climbing walls and popularly-sized training boards
  • Founded by Yosemite legends Dale Bard and Dave Yerian


  • Showed off their new Ultimate Board hangboard with a slot for holding your phone
  • New dimpled Caldera line coming soon
  • Bringing back some of your favorite classic 90’s shapes


  • Canadian designers and manufacturers of climbing walls, flooring, volumes, and mobile walls
  • Walls and volumes feature custom natural wood stain and durable texture
  • Rapidly expanding in Canada and soon the US
  • Presented their newest product Urban Rock that will soon be seen in cities of Quebec and the rest of Canada


  • Infinity Wall System integrates the angles of their volumes with the wall design
  • Extend your canvas and wrap corners to create infinite possibilities
  • Don’t just change your routes when you reset, change your wall


  • 29 year old family business that installs high tech, steel-framed climbing walls of any scope
  • Niche is smaller projects: fitness centers, corporate wellness, schools, churches
  • Builds, upgrades, expands, repairs, inspects and trains your staff

Vertical Solutions

  • Walls known for their distinctive checkerboard wood and sweeping curves
  • In-house Proxy Production manufactures climbing holds for 9 brands


  • World’s largest manufacturer of climbing walls
  • Harmonized System offers efficient routesetting using LEDs, matching wall panels; coming soon to five U.S. projects
  • Harmonized gyms can get exact routes from World Cups

Flooring for Climbing Facilities



  • Producers of gym flooring, crashpads, climbing holds and more
  • Provided the pads for both Lemur Kilter Board and Grasshopper Tension Board
  • Successful manufacturers and installers of customized modular systems since 2004

Cascade Specialty

  • Consultative approach with focus on educating customers
  • Tested by an engineer who specializes in landing surfaces, such as NFL and MLS fields
  • Flooring choice of El Cap Holdings, Hanger 18 and Sender One


  • The flooring supplier choice of Walltopia


  • Producers of custom flooring solutions for any climbing facility
  • Flooring choice for many fast-growing gyms: Central Rock, Gravity Vault, The Cliffs

Flashed, Binary

  • Creaters of commercial flooring, crashpads, apparel and more
  • Introduced their new 19 gallon Professional Setter Bucket

Futurist, Chalk Cartel

  • Futurist offers an extended service plan, scheduled visits, carpet top layer replacement
  • 100% financing available
  • Chalk Cartel boasts high margins, low minimum orders


  • Flooring systems based on over 50 years experience specializing in 20′ falls
  • Fabric and materials designed for outdoor use, 30 year old products still in use
  • Supplied 4 Olympic Games and is Official Supplier for USA Track and Field

Equipment for Climbing Facilities



  • World’s first friction adjustable fall reduction system
  • Safely belay climbers many times heavier than yourself
  • Save money on gym ropes with BelaySafe


  • Global suppliers of industrial air filtration systems
  • Technology was first developed to stop bioterrorism in U.S. embassies


  • Load holds onto the basket, close the lid, hit start and 10 minutes later they’re done
  • 30″-45″ single and double baskets, recycles water for eco-efficiency
  • Lease-to-own programs

Perfect Descent

  • Exclusive autobelay supplier of IFSC
  • New add-ons including belay bar mount kit, body/scuff guard, redundant retraction screens


  • Magnetic braking eliminates friction for reliability and consistency
  • TRUBLUE boasts devices in 60+ countries and roughly 2 billion descents annually

Software for Climbing Facilities



  • Cloud-based CRM, POS, inventory, calendar, booking software
  • Infinitely scalable, multigym is seamless


  • Wristband designed specifically for climbers that records your gym climbing
  • Tracks attempts, sends, flashes, difficulty, highpoint, time on wall, more
  • Goal is to provide new way to look at the gym, more than chasing grades

Gym Realm

  • Cloud-based check-in system that is used by Walltopia
  • Membership management, CRM, POS, transactional emails, event booking
  • Software behind Walltopia’s Harmonized System


  • Route management and user engagement platform for more efficiency and effectiveness
  • Customizable for different gyms including grade system, wall labels, look and feel
  • Run leagues, comps, setters and coaching using the platform

Monument Sports Group

  • The exclusive provider of insurance services for CWA
  • Currently insuring over 200 CWA members


  • Attract, engage, retain members with this free app
  • Over 1.5 million climbs logged in over 8500 different climbing gyms and areas around the world
  • Manage routesetting, competitions, challenges and workouts
  • League management and goal tracking coming later in 2019


  • Online inspection logs for risk management
  • App for employees to log activities using checklists and more
  • Create your own tracking structure, flexible size accounts, no contracts

Rock Gym Pro

  • The check-in software used in 93% of U.S. gyms
  • Shared their continued growth of cloud services and feature development
  • Every member of support team once managed a climbing gym


  • Nearly 150 facilities use to enhance their planning, executing and understanding of setting
  • Unveiled their Ninja Timing, the first interactive cordless speed timer
  • Scorecard is able to project live results, eliminates hassle of paper scorecards, point tallying

Supplies and Retail for Climbing Facilities


Adidas Outdoor / Five Ten

  • Releasing an updated version of their downturned Hiangle shoes
  • Releasing the Kirigami, a new entry-level shoe

Black Diamond

  • Showed off new gear and sweet stickers
  • Provides facility equipment and items for retail shops
  • Focuses on building valuable vendor relationships


  • Manufactureres of wide range of climbing shoes

Butora, 8b+

  • Butora launched line of approach shoes with Icarus and Wing models
  • 8b+ introduced new crushed, powder and liquid chalk products
  • 8b+ displayed their fun new chalkbag line

Camp USA

  • The Energy CR is their top-selling entry-level harness with $50 MSRP and 5 sizes
  • Routesetter kit coming soon, Italian R&D, meets work-at-height standards


  • Continues to be leaders in sustainability and innovation
  • Wide range of ropes, harnesses and safety equipment for gyms


  • Manufactureres of wide range of climbing shoes

Friction Labs

  • Introduced their newest evolution in chalk: Alcohol Free Secret Stuff
  • Goes on like cream, provides base layer to stay chalked longer
  • Use alone for less dust, or use in conjuction with loose chalks

Gym Climber, Rock & Ice

  • Introduced Gym Climber Magazine this year

Honey Stinger

  • Organic, honey based assortment of energy snacks
  • 20% off opening orders
  • Product for comps and other events

La Sportiva

  • Showed off the new Testarossa
  • Shared their programs for rental fleets and climbing teams
  • Introduced their POP displays for retailers

Liberty Mountain

  • Can be a gym’s “warehouse” with 2 day shipping on all products
  • More products and brands than any other U.S. distributor of climbing/outdoor gear
  • Soup to nuts (literally)

Mad Rock

  • Introduced the new Phoenix, available after Outdoor Retailer
  • Proud to sponsor Matt Fultz and Ethan Pringle


  • Offers a wide variety of products including shoes, ropes, harnesses hardware
  • From Czech Republic, bringing 25 years of experience in European market


  • Offers a wide range of climbing equipment including ropes, harnesses, carabiners


  • Simplifies ordering process for protein packed retail snacks
  • Options include vegan, gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, protein, low sugar
  • Brands include ProBar, RX, Kate’s, Garuka, Barnanaa
  • 1 box minimum, easy credit, quick 24-48 hour turnaround, low shipping rates


  • Showed off Furia Air, their lightest technical comp shoe, available soon
  • Proud sponsors of Alex Puccio, V14 climber and 11-time National Bouldering Champion


  • Manufacturers of a wide range of ropes, cord, webbing, and anchor/safety products
  • Longtime supporter of many organizations and causes in the climbing community


  • Displayed 20 models in their first CWA Summit booth
  • Over 20 years of shoe manufacturing experience

Wild Country, Salewa

  • Heritage climbing brand that invented the cam
  • Mission harness designed for gyms, coming soon
  • Introducing more gym-specific products in 2020

Non-Profits of Climbing World



  • Effort to get 100,000 kids to climb driven by Kevin Jorgeson and Chancellor Brothers
  • Began with shared desire to take kids climbing and to take climbing to kids
  • Partners with Boys and Girls Clubs across America

Access Fund

  • Access Fund advocates for climbers and works to restore our overused areas
  • Nearly 60% of our climbing is on public lands
  • Gyms are encouraged to organize Adopt-A-Crags at their local area

Brown Girls Climb

  • Offers mentorship and educational opportunities for self-identified women of color
  • Works with gyms to encourage inclusion and leadership opportunties

Climbers of Color

  • Promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the mountaineering community
  • Provides supportive mentorship, technical training and access to key resources

Paradox Sports

  • Offers adaptive climbing clinics, courses, manuals, and connections
  • You can host Adaptive Climbing Initiative Courses at your gym
Climbing Gym Management Series