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Effective Workplace Training

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Effective Workplace Training

Of all the methods of managing risk that climbing facilities employ, a robust training program is one of the most effective means of reducing accident rates for visitors and workers alike. Studies have consistently shown that the likelihood of an accident is higher in the first month of... Continue Reading

08/20/2019


Child Care, Risk Management & Member Retention

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Child Care, Risk Management & Member Retention

Most gym owners consider offering child care to members at some point, but does it make sense for your gym? There are advantages to offering child care; it’s a great benefit to members with children and can give your climbing gym a competitive advantage over gyms that don’t offer... Continue Reading

08/19/2019


Perspectives on Spotting

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Perspectives on Spotting

Reprinted from Lines Newsletter, July 2013 Spotting is the subject of ongoing industry debate and the intent of this article is to present multiple perspectives in an effort to foster conversation and investigation into spotting practices at CWA member facilities. As with any operational... Continue Reading

08/5/2019


Reflect on it! Why Processing Training Will Improve Performance

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Reflect on it! Why Processing Training Will Improve Performance

A phenomenon that we often see when working with climbing programs is a lack of time for reflection. Coaches and facilitators have limited time with their with young climbers, and practices are so jam packed with activity that by the end, there's no time to reflect on what each climber... Continue Reading

07/31/2019


How to Maximize Your Staff Training Budget

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How to Maximize Your Staff Training Budget

The relationship between effective training and employee performance is well-researched; a well-trained staff is more engaged in their job, delivers better customer service, represents your brand more professionally, and is more resistant to turnover – all good things. But finding the time... Continue Reading

07/23/2019


Member Spotlight: The Boulder Field

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Member Spotlight: The Boulder Field

California has the most climbing facilities of any state in the US, but new gyms are still finding markets to serve. One prime example is The Boulder Field, a Sacramento gym that opened doors in the spring of 2018. With 10,000 feet of bouldering terrain and walls up to 14 feet high, The Boulder... Continue Reading

07/9/2019


Shifting the Indoor Climbing Industry from Dirtbag to Professional

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Shifting the Indoor Climbing Industry from Dirtbag to Professional

Climbers fall into a unique lifestyle sport category where the identity is connected to the need to climb, often. Urban Dictionary defines dirtbag as “a person who is committed to a given (usually extreme) lifestyle to the point of abandoning employment and other societal norms in order to... Continue Reading

06/24/2019


Chalk Dust: Mitigation & Source Control

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Chalk Dust: Mitigation & Source Control

Dealing with chalk dust is something that climbing gyms are entirely too familiar with; everywhere there are climbers, there’s chalk. Most gyms implement chalk mitigation strategies, whether it’s a never-ending cleaning and vacuuming circuit, installing a chalk eater, or a state of... Continue Reading

06/10/2019


Indoor Climbing Programs for Boomers, Part II - Tips for Boomer Instruction

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Indoor Climbing Programs for Boomers, Part II - Tips for Boomer Instruction

Part I of this series explained the business case for adding programming for Boomers to your climbing gym, and once you’ve decided to take that step, how to market and message that program. Now, it’s time to think through the considerations unique to working with this age... Continue Reading

05/21/2019


6 Ways to Retain Your Members

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6 Ways to Retain Your Members

You’ve gotten new members in the door, and now there’s a new challenge: keeping them engaged so they become loyal, long-term members. Conventional fitness clubs track their membership trends closely – it’s well-established that membership spikes significantly right after... Continue Reading

05/6/2019


An Opportunity to Lead in Indoor Climbing Sustainability: B Corp Certification

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An Opportunity to Lead in Indoor Climbing Sustainability: B Corp Certification

B Corps and the New Responsible Business Story The story of business is changing. And that story is being reframed to value people and planet as much as profit. People across the world are demanding business be more responsible and make a positive impact on the world. I work for B Lab, the... Continue Reading

05/6/2019


Focus on Workplace Safety – Eye Protection for Workers in Climbing Facilities

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Focus on Workplace Safety – Eye Protection for Workers in Climbing Facilities

Despite how the muscles in your forearms might feel while climbing, the muscles that control our eyes are the most active in the human body. Likewise, our eyes, part of our nervous system, are one of our most complex organs, second only to the brain. Even though only 1/6 of our eye is exposed to... Continue Reading

04/23/2019