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Coaches: Here’s A Climbing Game That Invents Itself
Coaches: Here’s A Climbing Game That Invents Itself

Creating new games and activities for a climbing program re-energizes participants, coaches, and brings a creative experience to climbing skills. It gives coaches new activities that they can use throughout the season with their teams, sparking creative thinking and group bonding. The... Continue Reading

Date posted08/20/2021


What the Supply Chain Crunch Means for Your Gym's Retail Shop
What the Supply Chain Crunch Means for Your Gym's Retail Shop

Running a successful retail shop in typical times takes some planning, foresight, and organization. A year and a half into a pandemic, that job has gotten a bit trickier. Here's why... When gyms shut down (and restrictions were placed on brick-and-mortar stores) for several weeks, or in some... Continue Reading

Postedby Todd McCormick
Date posted08/10/2021


(Route)setting Good Standards: Expectations & Communication
(Route)setting Good Standards: Expectations & Communication

Clock in, strip walls, reset walls, open walls for the public. In a robot world, the expectations for a routesetter would be that easy. However, we do not live in a robot world. There is an incredible amount of planning, maintenance, and human feeling to consider when understanding what... Continue Reading

Date posted08/9/2021


The Olympics Are Coming: So Might a Membership Bump
The Olympics Are Coming: So Might a Membership Bump

U.S. Olympic athlete Brooke Raboutou competes in the Semi-Final round of the IFSC World Cup Bouldering Competition in Salt Lake City. Photo by Jake Byk/CWA It’s undeniable – following the Olympics, people discover and try new sports. Called the ‘Olympic Bump,’ folks tend... Continue Reading

Postedby Jake Byk
Date posted07/21/2021


Hope for More Stimulus for Climbing Gyms
Hope for More Stimulus for Climbing Gyms

UPDATE Please join us on August 17th for a webinar covering the gyms act and our upcoming campaign in partnership with Access Fund to help raise support for this important legislation. Register for the webinar today The CWA has been working to help secure direct stimulus for climbing gyms... Continue Reading

Postedby Garnet Moore
Date posted07/21/2021


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Climbers
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Climbers

Photo taken at The Front Climbing Club Many of us underestimate the impact we have on each other. As coaches and instructors, it's important to consider our role as leaders in our climbing communities. We get to influence the next generation’s perspective in climbing and in life – but... Continue Reading

Date posted07/14/2021


CWA Certification Updates
CWA Certification Updates

With the indoor climbing industry beginning to roar back after the pandemic, the CWA has been seeing an increasing number of gyms looking to add new certified climbing wall workers or renew their existing staff. While there are still some pandemic-related travel challenges impeding a return to... Continue Reading

Postedby Garnet Moore
Date posted07/1/2021


Member Spotlight: Sportrock
Member Spotlight: Sportrock

Lillian Chao-Quinlan, the president of Sportrock, got a call from someone who identified themselves as “D.J. from the White House” late one night in May. She thought it was spam and continued her evening. Shortly thereafter, the Mayor of Alexandria, Va., texted her. “Have you... Continue Reading

Postedby Jake Byk
Date posted06/30/2021


(Route)setting Good Standards: Professional Development Days
(Route)setting Good Standards: Professional Development Days

As routesetting becomes recognized as a more long-term professional career path in the climbing industry, it is important for gyms to evaluate what professional opportunities they are offering to their setting teams in order to keep them growing. One option is scheduling a professional... Continue Reading

Date posted06/25/2021


Holding Climbing Events in the COVID Era
Holding Climbing Events in the COVID Era

When USA Climbing athlete Natalia Grossman launched up the final boulder problem of the IFSC World Cup’s second weekend in Salt Lake City, it was hard to stay seated. Everyone at the 3,000-person event was fists to the sky in all-out exuberance. Grossman took Gold, with Olympic athlete... Continue Reading

Postedby Jake Byk
Date posted06/21/2021


Projecting Anti-Racism: Your Gym's Website and Community Values
Projecting Anti-Racism: Your Gym's Website and Community Values

Websites are so often the first impression a climbing gym makes on the general public, so they carry a lot of weight. While it can feel disorienting to be writing about climbing during a global pandemic, a part of me still appreciates how small nudges to be better for each other can ripple out... Continue Reading

Date posted06/10/2021


2019 Indoor Climbing Industry Report Now Available!
2019 Indoor Climbing Industry Report Now Available!

Starting in 2017, the CWA began establishing an industry research program to develop information that aides climbing gym owners, industry vendors, and prospective gym owners in their decision-making processes. Our goal is to provide reliable data and business metrics for industry stakeholders... Continue Reading

Postedby Laura Allured
Date posted06/7/2021