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Building an Exceptional Coaching Team For Your Indoor Climbing Gym
Building an Exceptional Coaching Team For Your Indoor Climbing Gym

Building a top-tier coaching team can be what makes or breaks a program. Creating cohesive staffing that supports one another, communicates well, and compliments each other’s skills is critical in any workplace. Within a climbing team, it can have massive impacts on the program and your... Continue Reading

Postedby Kirby Kahl
Date posted07/19/2024


Direct Pathway Released for CWA Certifications
Direct Pathway Released for CWA Certifications

Having acted as the administrator of the certification programs for six years, I can tell you that for many it is demotivating to spend valuable time, and of course money, to take a certification. These folks may have been working in the industry for years and now they are trying to cover the... Continue Reading

Date posted07/19/2024


CWA Partners with Monument to Produce Orientation Videos
CWA Partners with Monument to Produce Orientation Videos

At the 2024 CWA Summit in Portland, the CWA announced a new project in partnership with the Monument Sports Group to provide orientation videos for the indoor climbing industry. Attendees at the show had a chance to see some of the preliminary graphics and see some short snippets. Climbing gyms... Continue Reading

Date posted06/28/2024


Middle Management in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Strategies for Success
Middle Management in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Strategies for Success

Regardless of the industry, the company or the exact job title–middle management is a notoriously difficult and stressful job position to hold. No matter what, you are always in the middle. You are a supervisor, but also need supervision. People report to you, but you also report to people.... Continue Reading

Postedby Ashley Routson
Date posted06/27/2024


Chief Routesetting a USA Climbing Comp
Chief Routesetting a USA Climbing Comp

Indoor climbing gyms hosting a USAC climbing competition can be complicated, especially when it's not your home gym. We provide some advice to help you chief a successful event. Continue Reading

Date posted06/24/2024


Community Building in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Part 3 - Youth
Community Building in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Part 3 - Youth

One of the most common challenges climbing gyms face is simultaneously managing youth programs and day-to-day operations. Limited space, the overlapping and potentially conflicting needs that arise during our busiest hours, and managing the expectations of families and members all present... Continue Reading

Postedby Bix Firer
Date posted06/24/2024


Why & How to Use a Consultant: Part 2
Why & How to Use a Consultant: Part 2

Part one of this series tackled the question of “Why partner with a consultant?” with input from Gavin Haverly (Rise Above Consulting), Todd McCormick (Keystone Climbing Consultants) and Ty Morrison Heath (Adventure a Day Marketing). Article At A Glance Writer: Paul... Continue Reading

Postedby Paul Terbrueggen
Date posted06/7/2024


Scaling Up Your Climbing Gym & Keeping Culture Alive
Scaling Up Your Climbing Gym & Keeping Culture Alive

While the latest industry trends suggest now is a good time to expand, there is a lot to consider before opening a new facility. Most notable—especially for smaller organizations—is how to maintain the culture we have developed with one gym at two, three, or five gyms. Article At... Continue Reading

Postedby Christopher Oshinski
Date posted06/7/2024


2024 CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Allies, Not Adversaries (Routesetting)
2024 CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Allies, Not Adversaries (Routesetting)

Since the inception of climbing gyms, there has often been some tension between management and routesetting teams. Both sides want an inspiring facility filled with compelling routes that cater to their clientele. But both sides also have their own priorities, and sometimes those priorities seem... Continue Reading

Date posted04/29/2024


Managing Infants in Indoor Climbing Gyms
Managing Infants in Indoor Climbing Gyms

When I was only a climber and hadn’t begun routesetting, I studied Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. During my time there, my interests bounced back and forth between parental practices and family policy - and sometimes how one influenced the other.... Continue Reading

Postedby Hayley Moran
Date posted04/26/2024


The Theory of Teaching Outdoor Climbing in Indoor Gyms
The Theory of Teaching Outdoor Climbing in Indoor Gyms

It is fair to say that most indoor climbing gyms share the same separation of clientele. We have new and experienced climbers, recreational and competitive youth climbers, boulderers, and rope climbers (further broken down into top rope and lead climbers). And each of these groups comes... Continue Reading

Postedby Ashley Routson
Date posted04/26/2024


2024 CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Eating Disorders in Indoor Climbing
2024 CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Eating Disorders in Indoor Climbing

Eating disorders and RED-S have been hot topics in the climbing world in recent years, and particularly in competition climbing of late. In just the past year, two members of the IFSC Medical Commission resigned from their positions, climbers voiced their desire for more extensive athlete... Continue Reading

Postedby Marisa Michael
Date posted04/12/2024