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Maneuvering Through COVID-19 with CARE

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Maneuvering Through COVID-19 with CARE

The pandemic was a shock to the climbing industry. In addition to other disruptions to daily life, gym closures have been devastating to the entire industry. It’s clear that the path forward cannot be the same one previously taken. A new path forward has to be forged. The Climbing Wall... Continue Reading

09/22/2020


Is More Stimulus Coming?

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Is More Stimulus Coming?

The timeline for more federal coronavirus stimulus in the US has been delayed for at least a month, but there is still some chance that we will see legislation passed before November 3. A lot of the public discussion around stimulus pertains to unemployment benefits and Economic Impact Payments,... Continue Reading

09/15/2020


Fostering Connection and Inspiration at the Survive & Thrive Workshop

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Fostering Connection and Inspiration at the Survive & Thrive Workshop

On September 2 and 3, 2020 the CWA hosted the Survive & Thrive Workshop, its first-ever all virtual workshop. The event was built to give gym owners and senior leadership a framework for success during COVID. 150 people from over 25 states and 3 countries, including more than 40 different... Continue Reading

by Laura Allured
09/15/2020


Communication Strategies for Mask Requirements

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Communication Strategies for Mask Requirements

It is quite common for the customer service team of a climbing gym to wear multiple hats; performing the roles of front desk staff, retail, communications, floor patrol, and now—public health and safety officers. As climbing gyms and fitness facilities have rolled out reopening plans,... Continue Reading

09/11/2020


How to Plan Activities for Groups and Teams During COVID

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How to Plan Activities for Groups and Teams During COVID

As COVID-19 threatens the health of our global community, climbing gyms across the world are facing challenges unlike any we’ve seen before. As climbing gyms begin to reopen, operations cannot be business as usual. In this time of uncertainty and change, the indoor climbing industry has... Continue Reading

08/17/2020


What happens when someone at my gym tests positive?

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What happens when someone at my gym tests positive?

Since climbing gyms have begun reopening this summer, gym owners and managers across the country have been bracing themselves for what feels inevitable: the news that someone who’s recently climbed at their facility has tested positive for COVID-19. It’s a tough situation, and... Continue Reading

08/17/2020


Projecting Anti-Racism: Asking for Free Labor

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Projecting Anti-Racism: Asking for Free Labor

Developing anti-racist businesses, organizations, philanthropic ventures and so on, requires considerable long-term investments in labor and education. The nature of working towards a future without racism is complex, nuanced, place-specific, and emergent (ever-evolving). Companies that have... Continue Reading

07/16/2020


Considerations for Returning to Youth Programming

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Considerations for Returning to Youth Programming

Climbing gyms in many parts of the US have begun to reopen or are making plans to. The policies that gyms have created around occupancy, sanitation, and personal protective equipment are great guidelines for users. However, returning to running youth programming while keeping young climbers and... Continue Reading

07/15/2020


An Open Letter to Congress for Further Financial Relief Measures

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An Open Letter to Congress for Further Financial Relief Measures

The following is a letter written by the Climbing Wall Association to Members of Congress regarding COVID-19. The letter recommends the passage of high-priority financial relief measures that would help address the threat the ongoing pandemic poses to small businesses, including climbing gyms. A... Continue Reading

07/10/2020


A Review of Climbing Gym Reopening Policies – May 2020

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A Review of Climbing Gym Reopening Policies – May 2020

While shaping the CWA's Roadmap to Reopening, we’ve been monitoring the various guidance that has come from many states, counties, provinces, and countries in response to COVID-19. We’ve also been speaking to a lot of gym owners and operators and surveying the industry to gain insight... Continue Reading

06/26/2020


Projecting Anti-Racism: Highlights from Flash Foxy’s Stronger Together Episode with Abby Dione

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Projecting Anti-Racism: Highlights from Flash Foxy’s Stronger Together Episode with Abby Dione

As the months continue to pass, it is increasingly evident that our climbing industry is not likely to return to ‘normal’. For some, this might signal sadness and loss. For others, an opportunity has presented itself to finally address and change some very real and damaging aspects of... Continue Reading

06/24/2020


Climbing Gym Workplace Health & Safety for COVID-19 - Part II

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Climbing Gym Workplace Health & Safety for COVID-19 - Part II

In Part I of this article, I provided information about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for the health and safety of employees and practical approaches to managing workplace health and safety. There are many unanswered questions and areas of legal concern, so... Continue Reading

06/18/2020