CWA Returns to Salt Lake City for 2025 CWA Summit!

Posted By: Jake Byk Association News, Industry News,

2022 cwa summitAttendees gather near the entrance o the Expo Hall at the 2022 CWA Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Boulder, Colo., 1/30/24 – The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announces the 2025 CWA Summit will return to the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, taking place from April 15-19, 2025. 

The CWA Summit will take place in the Mountain West region for the first time since the record attendance of 1,125 attendees at the 2022 CWA Summit in Salt Lake City. The first 12 CWA Summits all took place in the state of Colorado in Boulder and Loveland, and laid the groundwork for the CWA Summit becoming the biggest gathering in the indoor climbing industry.  

“Salt Lake City is an incredible climbing city, full of amazing indoor climbing gyms and sits close to some of the world’s top climbing destinations just minutes from downtown, and we can’t wait to host another CWA Summit here,” says Garnet Moore, CWA Executive Director.  

“The 2022 CWA Summit was incredibly successful, not just in attendance, which broke records, but also in the great community atmosphere and excitement about indoor climbing that was present. We are so excited to host our event here again.” 

The CWA went through a rigorous vetting process to determine the location of the 2025 CWA Summit in the fall of 2023, determining Salt Lake City was the clear winner and finalizing the agreement in December of 2023.  

In this process, the CWA was also able to adjust the dates of the CWA Summit to take place earlier in the Spring, choosing dates that have less crossover with the typical US and Canadian climbing competition schedule and avoiding graduation and other end-of-year dates on school calendars. 

“Salt Lake City was the best option by far of the many cities we researched, offering more affordability, accessibility, and desirability to allow more indoor climbing industry members to attend,” says Moore.  

“Being able to share the location of the CWA Summit earlier, along with the ability to adjust the dates of the conference, should make it even easier to make plans to join us for the 2025 CWA Summit.” 

The 2022 CWA Summit took the event to a new level by moving to the Salt Palace Convention Center, allowing for a bigger and better event, offering more education sessions, vendor booth space on the expo floor, auxiliary events, and networking opportunities. 

The 2025 CWA Summit will take place in Salt Lake City from Wed., April 17 through Fri., April 19, 2025. Pre-conference workshops, featuring certification courses and exclusive professional development workshops, will take place Mon., April 15-Wed., April 17.  

Registration will be available with a Super Special discount for CWA members immediately following the 2024 CWA Summit, starting on Fri., May 17, 2024. General registration for the 2025 CWA Summit will open Aug. 1, 2024. 

More details on the 2025 CWA Summit will be announced later this year, including information on session speakers, learning tracks, event highlights, new content, and more. 

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About the CWA Summit 

The CWA Summit is the indoor climbing industry’s biggest gathering in the indoor climbing industry offering attendees the chance to feel connected and get professional development that will grow your business and career. 

Hosted by the Climbing Wall Association, the 2024 CWA Summit will be hosted in Portland, Ore., at the Oregon Convention Center from May 13-17, 2024. The CWA looks forward to welcoming attendees representing climbing facilities of all sizes, colleges and universities, recreation centers, military installations, top manufacturers, and more. The CWA Summit includes 14 pre-conference workshops and certification events, deep dives into the industry’s most important content in education sessions, the best networking experiences, the indoor climbing industry’s top trade show, and so much more. 

For more information and ongoing updates, visit the CWA Summit Website. 

About the CWA 

The CWA is a not-for-profit (501c6) industry trade association serving the needs of commercial climbing facility owners and operators, manufacturers of climbing walls and climbing wall equipment, skilled professionals, and other key industry stakeholders. The Climbing Wall Association imagines a world where everyone has access to climbing walls and the work to achieve that mission is rooted in serving those that provide that access.  

As the indoor climbing industry grows, the CWA continues to lead in providing the resources necessary to nurture the sport of indoor climbing and industry stakeholders that support its advocacy; the development of industry standards; publication of relevant industry news, data and analysis; facilitating certification and professional development programs; and producing community-building and educational events. The CWA is the industry thought leader of professionalism, legislative action, and healthy growth of the sport of indoor climbing; protecting the interests of all who support the industry.