Guidebook for Climbing Industry Professionals

guidebook for climbing industry professionals

Climbing Business Journal has been publishing informative articles and resources for managers of climbing walls since 2013. Below are direct links to nearly 200 of the best articles and resources by CBJ as well as others by CWA. Some of these are labeled as “branded content” but we include them here because they cover valuable topics regardless of their brand affiliation.

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Gyms and Trends 2020 Annual Reportstart-up, expandingCBJ
How to Start a Climbing Gym Part 1: The Ideastart-upVertical Solutions
How to Start a Climbing Gym Part 2: Business Planningstart-upVertical Solutions
Step by Step: How to Start a Gymstart-upCBJ
Climbing Wall Design Do's and Don'tsstart-upCBJ
Frequently Asked Questions About Climbing Wallsstart-upCBJ
Franchising - A Unique Approach to Climbing Gym Ownershipstart-upThe Gravity Vault
Launching a New Gym Case Study: From Lexington Part 1start-upCBJ
Launching a New Gym Case Study: From Lexington Part 2start-upCBJ
Launching a New Gym Case Study: From Lexington Part 3start-upCBJ
Launching a New Gym Case Study: From Lexington - The Property Huntstart-upCBJ
Popping The Topstart-upConnor Mills
Interior Design Trends in Climbing Gyms: Walltopia's Top Picksstart-upWalltopia
Gym Architecture the Italian Waystart-upCBJ
Parks Add Climbing Structuresstart-upEmily Attwood
Corporate Expansion Part 1: What Gyms Need to KnowexpandingJason Pill, Derek Larsen-Chaney
Corporate Expansion Part 2: Options for External ExpansionexpandingJason Pill, Derek Larsen-Chaney
Corporate Expansion Part 3: Being Aware of LiabilityexpandingJason Pill, Derek Larsen-Chaney
How To Smartly Expand Your BusinessexpandingTino Fiumara
Expansion ProximityexpandingCBJ
Why You Should Think About Scaling Up expandingCWA (Kristin Horowitz)
Should You Crowd Fund Your Gym?financesJoe Robinson
Climbing Wall DepreciationfinancesTino Fiumara
Construction Costs are on the RisefinancesTino Fiumara
Inflation Hits the Climbing IndustryfinancesJohn Burgman
Top 5 Takeaways From Fitness Business Podcast About InvestmentfinancesLaura Allured (CWA)
Making Better Gyms: 4 Key Insights on Physical InclusivitycommunityJohn Burgman
The Changing Face of Women's NightscommunityCBJ
Protests, Gyms and Tough Conversations: Ideas from Nonprofit GymscommunityJoe Robinson
Projecting Anti-Racism – Your Gym’s Website and Community Values communityAnaheed Saatchi (CWA)
Shining Light On Eating Disorders In Climbing communityJake Byk (CWA)
Women and Competitive Climbing: Creating Environments That Foster Growth communityHayley Moran (CWA)
Projecting Anti-Racism: American Mountain Guides Association Affinity ProgramscommunityAnaheed Saatchi (CWA)
The Best Member Appreciation Events Around - part 2communityEmma Walker (CWA)
How to Throw the Best Member Appreciation Events - part 1communityEmma Walker (CWA)
Projecting Anti-Racism: Asking for Free Labor communityAnaheed Saatchi (CWA)
Member Engagement Series: How to Start a Blog for Your Climbing Gym communityEmma Walker (CWA)
Tech Tools to Run Your Climbing Gym Virtually communityCaleb Fitzgerald (CWA)
Ways to Keep Your Climbing Gym Community Engaged communityHilary Harris (CWA)
6 Ways To Retain Your MemberscommunityEmma Walker (CWA)
The Keys To Cultural LeadershipcommunityChris Stevenson (CWA)
Meeting Social & Emotional Learning Goals Using ClimbingcommunityHeadwall Group (CWA)
The Powerful Potential Of A Positive CulturecommunityChris Stevenson (CWA)
Marketing Your Climbing GymmarketingCBJ
The Game of New Climber RetentionmarketingJoe Robinson
Economics of Big Little CompsmarketingJoe Robinson
Building a Website For Your Climbing GymmarketingJohn Burgman
5 Social Media Faux Pas and How to Avoid ThemmarketingMarianne Post
Hyped for HalloweenmarketingJohn Burgman
You Should Think About New Years Marketing NowmarketingJake Byk (CWA)
The Olympics Are Coming – So Might A Membership Bump marketingJake Byk (CWA)
5 Marketing Techniques Every Gym Can DomarketingEmma Walker (CWA)
Building Brand Awareness For Your Climbing GymmarketingMegan Walsh (CWA)
Marketing Tips To Capture And Keep New Year’s Resolution-ErsmarketingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Child Care, Risk Management & Member RetentionmarketingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Cultivating Space: 10 Steps To Create And Maintain Cultural RelevancymarketingElyse Rylander (CWA)
Lessons from Two Decades of BusinessoperationsTino Fiumara
Using Data to Make Connections in Climbing GymsoperationsKlimbz
The 24-Hour Climbing GymoperationsTino Fiumara
The Cost of a Nonprofit GymoperationsJoe Robinson
For the People, by the People: Why Co-Ops SurviveoperationsAaron Gerry
Optional Pay: 6 Lessons from a PioneeroperationsJoe Robinson
Rental Shoe LoveoperationsJoe Robinson
Cleaning Chemicals a Danger to EquipmentoperationsCBJ
Control Risk In Your Gym The Right WayoperationsCWA (Paul Terbrueggen)
CWA Auto Belay PositionoperationsCWA
Specific Activities For Specific Outcomes operationsHeadwall Group (CWA)
How to Create Business Plans That Move, Support, and AdaptoperationsCWA
5 Ideas For Making Your Gym More Eco-FriendlyoperationsMegan Walsh (CWA)
Chalk Dust: Mitigation & Source ControloperationsAmanda Ashley (CWA)
The Two Keys To A Great Customer ExperienceoperationsCaleb Fitzgerald (CWA)
Where To Begin With Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion InitiativesoperationsEmma Walker (CWA)
Making Lemons Into Lemonade: A Step-By-Step Guide To Handling Mistakes In Your OrganizationoperationsChris Stevenson (CWA)
Holiday Gifts for Your Gym Staffhuman resourcesZoe Leibovitch
Your Team Is More Valuable Than You Think human resourcesJake Byk (CWA)
Promote Mental Wellbeing In The Workplace human resourcesHolly Chen (CWA)
Burnout Culture: Defining The Problem And Potential Solutions For Climbing Gymshuman resourcesAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Creating A Positive Workplace Culture For Safety In The Climbing Gymhuman resourcesAaron Gibson (CWA)
How To Advocate And Bring Mental Health Awareness To Your Gymhuman resourcesMegan Walsh (CWA)
Effective Workplace Traininghuman resourcesAaron Gibson (CWA)
How To Maximize Your Staff Training Budgethuman resourcesAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Shifting The Indoor Climbing Industry From Dirtbag To Professionalhuman resourcesNicole Brandt (CWA)
Building Your Team's Performance And Cooperation With Some Simple Activitieshuman resourcesHeadwall Group (CWA)
Streamlining Development In Indoor Climbing Gymshuman resourcesNicole Brandt (CWA)
Retention Strategies To Reduce Employee Turnoverhuman resourcesAmanda Ashley (CWA)
What Makes A Great Manager?human resourcesEmma Walker (CWA)
Closing The Gender Gap: What Climbing Can Learn From The Tech Industryhuman resourcesEva Kalea (CWA)
2021 Grip List AwardsroutesettingJonathan Littauer
Grip Report Monthly: New Climbing Holds & VolumesroutesettingCBJ
Routesetting Today: 5 Trends From This Year’s Setter Showdownroutesetting360 Holds
Building Community Engagement Through RoutesettingroutesettingLouie Anderson
Tips for Getting Hired As A RoutesetterroutesettingLouie Anderson
Evolution of The Climbing HoldroutesettingCBJ
Avoid These Common Routesetting MistakesroutesettingLouie Anderson
Routesetting Skills to Learn on Day OneroutesettingLouie Anderson
Rope Access Rigging Headed for SettersroutesettingCBJ
9 Routesetting EssentialsroutesettingCBJ
Video: Austin Bouldering Project Epic Opening SetroutesettingCBJ
Video: Secrets of World Cup SettingroutesettingCBJ
Anderson Revises Routesetting ManualroutesettingCBJ
7 Reasons Why Gyms Still Need Premium Holds - Now More Than EverroutesettingPremium Holds
Why Building Your Network As A Routesetter MattersroutesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
(Route)Setting Good Standards – Create More Empathy In Your RoutesettingroutesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
(Route)Setting Good Standards – Staff Clinics Help Your GymroutesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
Boost Your Setting Team’s Creativity With These 5 Exercises routesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
Commercial Gyms Need Chief RoutesettersroutesettingJake Byk (CWA)
(Route)Setting Good Standards – Prevent Burnout, Support Your Team routesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
(Route)Setting Good Standards – Expectations & Communication routesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
(Route)Setting Good Standards – Professional Development Days routesettingHayley Moran (CWA)
Self-Care For Routesetters (And Anyone Experiencing Burnout)routesettingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Gender, Variety, And Growth In RoutesettingroutesettingWillis (CWA)
Diversity = Variety: What Does It Mean For Commercial Routesetting?routesettingWillis (CWA)
Focus On Workplace Safety – Eye Protection For Workers In Climbing FacilitiesroutesettingAaron Gibson (CWA)
One Small Step (Or How A Close Call Changed My Routesetting Life)routesettingPeter Zeidelhack (CWA)
The Three Most Important Pieces Of Personal Protective Equipment For Climbing Wall WorkersroutesettingAaron Gibson (CWA)
Balancing The Business, Creativity, And Labor Of RoutesettingroutesettingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Beyond Fall Protection: Risk Management For Climbing Wall Workers In The Gym EnvironmentroutesettingAaron Gibson (CWA)
How to Build a Successful Comp TeamprogrammingAmanda Ashley
The Evolution of the Fitness ClassprogrammingJohn Burgman
10 Ways to Improve Your Climbing Gym's Youth ProgramprogrammingJohn Burgman
Tips to Prepare Your Youth Programs for Summer: Operations and LogisticsprogrammingZoe Leibovitch
Tips to Prepare Your Youth Programs for Summer: Marketing and SalesprogrammingZoe Leibovitch
The Power of High School Climbing and the ASCL in ColoradoprogrammingAaron Wilcox
An Invitation to Thrive: Wisconsin's High School Climbing LeagueprogrammingTrevor Russell
Are Birthday Parties Worth It?programmingTino Fiumara
Can We Actually Coach Climbing Remotely?programmingKris Hampton
More Gyms Embrace Sensory-Friendly and Autism-Friendly Climbing ProgrammingprogrammingJohn Burgman
Lessons For Climbing Coaches From Olympian Kyra CondieprogrammingHailey Caissie (CWA)
How Coaches Can Apply LTAD To Every GenerationprogrammingHailey Caissie (CWA)
Learn Some Rock Gym Pro-Gramming Tips programmingHailey Caissie (CWA)
Coaches – Here’s a Climbing Game That Invents Itself programmingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Managing Youth Behavior Issues In The Gym Part 2 programmingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Managing Youth Behavior Issues In The Gym programmingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Timing Is Everything: Age-Appropriate Training For Kids programmingHeather Reynolds (CWA)
Making Your Gym More Inclusive – Adaptive Climbing Edition programmingHolly Chen (CWA)
Considerations for Returning to Youth ProgrammingprogrammingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Activities For Adult Meetup ProgramsprogrammingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Long Term Athlete Development: From Good To Great In ClimbingprogrammingHeather Reynolds (CWA)
Sequencing Activities For Youth Climbing ProgramsprogrammingHeadwall Group (CWA)
Climbing Gym Programming 101programmingNicole Brandt (CWA)
Indoor Climbing Programs For Boomers, Part II - Tips For Boomer InstructionprogrammingTom (CWA)
Indoor Climbing Programs For Boomers, Part I - The Boomer OpportunityprogrammingTom (CWA)
Team Dynamics: Managing Different Ages/Abilities On A Small TeamprogrammingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
5 Programs Your Members Wish You'd OfferprogrammingEmma Walker (CWA)
It’s Not A Cakewalk: How To Develop A Birthday Party ProgramprogrammingAmanda Ashley (CWA)
Optimizing Belay Lessons For Member AcquisitionprogrammingChristopher (CWA)
Help Your Customers Buy Your Gear This Season retailingHailey Caissie (CWA)
10 Tips To Merchandise Your Retail Shop retailingTodd McCormick (CWA)
Engaging Staff On Retail Engages Customers, Too retailingTodd McCormick (CWA)
The 13th Month: Retail In Climbing Gyms retailingTodd McCormick (CWA)
The Art of Product Selection retailingTodd McCormickin (CWA)
5 Retail Items Your Gym Should Be SellingretailingEmma Walker (CWA)
Ask a Lawyer: Why Data Privacy Matters for GymslegalGregory Reda
Anatomy of Documenting an AccidentlegalRuthie Rivers, Granite Insurance
The Law of Employee PaylegalJason Pill
What's an Employee?legalRuthie Rivers, Granite Insurance
Volunteer Ins & OutslegalRuthie Rivers, Granite Insurance
Why Corporate Formation MatterslegalJason Pill
Spotting Employment DiscriminationlegalJason Pill
Navigating Intellectual Property LawlegalJason Stearns
Is Your Gym Guilty of Music Piracy?legalCBJ
Should Politics Mix with Climbing?legalCBJ
A Public Relations PrimerlegalJohn Burgman
Avoiding Risks with Hourly Pay and OvertimelegalJason Pill
The Legality of Scholarship ProgramslegalJason Pill
Gym to Crag Risk ManagementlegalRuthie Rivers, Granite Insurance
4 Ways To Reduce Risk in Your GymlegalBill Zimmerman
Gym Waivers and Employee TattooslegalJason Pill
Should Gyms Be Reporting Accidents?legalCBJ
Your Legal Duty of CarelegalReb Greg
Monument Rolls Out Insurance InnovationslegalMonument Insurance
CWA Now Offering Canadian Insurance legalCWA
Be Prepared For Crisis At Your GymlegalRobert Angell (CWA)
Legal Challenges for Billing in the Fitness IndustrylegalGarnet Moore (CWA)
CWA’s Public Policy Agenda: Protecting Our SportlegalRobert Angell (CWA)
Covid-19 News & Resources for Climbing WallsCovid-19CBJ
Lessons Learned from the COVID Crisis (Vol 1): Have a Growth MindsetCovid-19John Burgman
Lessons Learned from the COVID Crisis (Vol 2): We Are Better TogetherCovid-19John Burgman
Should Gyms Give COVID-19 Orientations?Covid-19John Burgman
Can Gyms Require Vaccination?Covid-19Jason Pill
Hiring in the Age of COVIDCovid-19Jason Pill
COVID-19 and LiabilityCovid-19Jason Pill
Can Gyms Ask Sick Customers to Leave?Covid-19Jason Pill
Ask A Lawyer: Consequences for Gyms That Stay OpenCovid-19Jason Pill
Study Showing Chalk Reduces Virus By 99% Now Peer ReviewedCovid-19CBJ
Keeping Your Gym's Services Valuable During the COVID-19 ClosureCovid-19Manny Escalante
Consequences for Gyms That Stay OpenCovid-19Jason Pill
What To Expect From A Vaccine MandateCovid-19Jake Byk (CWA)
Holding Climbing Events In The COVID Era Covid-19Jake Byk (CWA)
Communication Strategies for Mask Requirements Covid-19Holly Chen (CWA)
What happens when someone at my gym tests positive?Covid-19Emma Walker (CWA)
How to Plan Activities for Groups and Teams During COVID Covid-19Headwall Group (CWA)
Climbing Gym Workplace Health & Safety for COVID-19 Part II Covid-19Aaron Gibson (CWA)
Climbing Gym Workplace Health & Safety for COVID-19 Part ICovid-19Aaron Gibson (CWA)
Adjusting to the New Realty: How to Avoid and De-Escalate Customer Conflicts Covid-19Emma Walker (CWA)
Adjusting to the New Reality: How to Communicate with Your Customers Covid-19Emma Walker (CWA)
Membership Communications During Gym Closures Covid-19Laura Allured (CWA)
Climbing Wall BuilderssuppliersCBJ
Padded Flooring & Facility EquipmentsuppliersCBJ
Autobelays, Rigging & RopessuppliersCBJ
Holds, Macros & VolumessuppliersCBJ
Gym Consulting, Services & SoftwaresuppliersCBJ
Training Advice & ToolssuppliersCBJ
Gear, Climbing Shoes & Skin ProductssuppliersCBJ
Guide Services, Books & AppssuppliersCBJ
Media OutletssuppliersCBJ
Organizations & Non-Profits of ClimbingsuppliersCBJ
Climbing Gym MapsuppliersCBJ