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Welcome Adaptive Climbers in Your Gym

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Welcome Adaptive Climbers in Your Gym

Six minutes, and eight seconds. A new personal best (22 minutes faster than her first attempt) is set by thirteen-year-old climber, Yashu Badalamenti. Yashu has cerebral palsy and started climbing last summer in an adaptive summer camp. She is delightful, encouraging, and a blast to be... Continue Reading

05/13/2022


Teach Your Staff About Duties of Care

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Teach Your Staff About Duties of Care

As a senior leader, you know all about it. You’ve met with lawyers and owners about it; you’ve built policies and operations around it; you’ve lost sleep worrying about it…you know more about the duty of care than you ever thought you’d, well, care to – but... Continue Reading

05/12/2022


Meet the Insurance New Staff to Support the Indoor Climbing Industry

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Meet the Insurance New Staff to Support the Indoor Climbing Industry

Monument Sports Group is pleased to introduce Missy Finnerty who recently joined the team as a Customer Service Representative for the CWA Insurance Program. Missy is a graduate of Radford University, and prior to joining Monument Missy was a claims examiner at The James River Insurance... Continue Reading

05/2/2022


Apply The Bell Curve to Predict Retail Sales in Your Gym

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Apply The Bell Curve to Predict Retail Sales in Your Gym

Imagine a packed 30,000-square-foot climbing gym. The lead wall looks like a tangled spiderweb, the bouldering pit is ringed with climbers and onlookers. There are at least 400 people and an appropriate cloud of chalk dust throughout the space. What if I bet you a shiny quarter that I could... Continue Reading

04/28/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: The Importance of Cultivating Community

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: The Importance of Cultivating Community

One of the most special things about indoor rock climbing is its ability to introduce someone to the sport in a place where climbing isn’t already woven into the cultural fabric. Stop any person in your gym, and I’d bet a substantial sum that climbing means more to them than just a... Continue Reading

04/28/2022


Learn From the Pandemic: Paid Leave and More

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Learn From the Pandemic: Paid Leave and More

Dr. Fauci of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S.’s top public health official, has declared that we’re at the end of the “full-blown” pandemic. That doesn’t mean challenges aren’t ahead related to the pandemic for the climbing industry. A... Continue Reading

04/14/2022


Coach Taylor Reed on Training Adults With Intention

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Coach Taylor Reed on Training Adults With Intention

What happens when young climbers “age out” from participation in youth teams? What recourse do individuals have if they’ve gotten into the climbing game “too late?” Adult avenues for professional training or guidance in climbing aren’t always as well... Continue Reading

04/14/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Differentiation: Case Study of the Seattle Market

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Differentiation: Case Study of the Seattle Market

The Seattle area has been steeped in indoor climbing history. Indeed, being the birthplace of indoor climbing in America, and having numerous climbing gyms in the metro area of almost four million, it’s the perfect case study to discuss market differentiation. As the next CWA Summit Session... Continue Reading

04/14/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: What Is DEI & How It Helps You Grow

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: What Is DEI & How It Helps You Grow

Getting started with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in your gym can be difficult. There is so much to learn, so much good you can do, and equally, so many things that can potentially not go in your favor. This cannot be a reason for the industry to not face it, however. We must rise... Continue Reading

04/4/2022


Mentoring Your Staff Is Critical and Here's Why: Part II

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Mentoring Your Staff Is Critical and Here's Why: Part II

Calgary Climbing Centre Facility Manager Ali Obreiter keeping it real and passing on knowledge as the Head Belayer at Alberta Youth Provincials in March 2022. Photo: Brendan Ward This is Part II of an article series on mentorship. Don't miss the first one! If you’re thinking,... Continue Reading

03/31/2022


Why Weekly Meetings Help Your Team Succeed

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Why Weekly Meetings Help Your Team Succeed

For most industries, weekly meetings communicate company-wide information, address problems and solutions, and serve as a general staff check-in. For many climbing gyms, since leadership positions are specific, it can be easy to overlook how those roles overlap and how the crossover of... Continue Reading

03/31/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Routesetting Industry Data

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Routesetting Industry Data

Ever wondered what routesetters are paid, on average? What about workload expectations, or benefits? These data points are hard to qualify and only become more necessary as the indoor climbing industry marches into the future. Fortunately, the 2022 CWA Summit will feature the hard work of two... Continue Reading

03/18/2022