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Self-Care for Routesetters (and Anyone Experiencing Burnout)

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Self-Care for Routesetters (and Anyone Experiencing Burnout)

Routesetters can work in many different scenarios – part or full time in a gym, setting for comps, freelancing for private clients, they can travel or stay in the same location or a combination of all those scenarios. The dynamic nature of the work can have routesetters juggling a lot... Continue Reading

01/2/2020


Interview with an Unclipped Auto Belay Accident Survivor

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Interview with an Unclipped Auto Belay Accident Survivor

Helen Cassidy of The Climbing Academy, a UK-based chain of climbing gyms, reached out to us to share the story of Sam, an experienced climber who recently took a fall from an unclipped auto belay. While Sam was very lucky to walk away from the accident with her life, the impacts of this... Continue Reading

12/13/2019


Burnout Culture: Defining the Problem and Potential Solutions for Climbing Gyms

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Burnout Culture: Defining the Problem and Potential Solutions for Climbing Gyms

Burnout as defined by The World Health Organization (WHO) is a syndrome that occurs as the result of chronic workplace stress. Burnout isn’t a temporary experience – in fact, it has become a societal epidemic that can have negative impacts on your business. With 1 in 5 employees... Continue Reading

12/10/2019


Building Brand Awareness for Your Climbing Gym

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Building Brand Awareness for Your Climbing Gym

Where websites were once the mainstay for prospective clients looking to learn more about a business, social media has now taken over–becoming the first-and-last stop for many folks interested in who you are as a business and what you do. This has created an opportunity to develop your... Continue Reading

12/10/2019


Creating a Positive Workplace Culture for Safety in the Climbing Gym

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Creating a Positive Workplace Culture for Safety in the Climbing Gym

In this article we will take a look at how we can take a positive approach to creating a culture for safety in the climbing gym environment. At the end of the article, be sure to download our one-page quick reference guide to developing a safety program. The term “Safety Culture” was... Continue Reading

12/3/2019


Gender, Variety, and Growth in Routesetting

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Gender, Variety, and Growth in Routesetting

As I’ve interviewed routesetters about their industry, topics that have come up over and over are diversity, variety, and professionalism. A major piece of the puzzle is a setting crew that can set for diverse climbers—and that means a diverse crew. Many gyms lack setters outside the... Continue Reading

12/2/2019


5 Ideas for Making Your Gym More Eco-Friendly

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5 Ideas for Making Your Gym More Eco-Friendly

Foundations are being laid for new gyms across the country and more folks are roping up to maneuver monocolor routes than ever before. Private capital, blockbuster movies, and the inclusion of rock climbing in the 2020 Olympics are creating a boom in the industry. At the same time, the United... Continue Reading

11/15/2019


Marketing Tips to Capture and Keep New Year’s Resolution-ers

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Marketing Tips to Capture and Keep New Year’s Resolution-ers

It’s almost that time of year again! The holidays are coming up, and as soon as January hits, there will be a renewed market of New Year’s Resolution-ers who are looking for ways to reach their fitness goals. Make sure your gym is well-positioned to seize this opportunity. The... Continue Reading

11/15/2019


How to Advocate and Bring Mental Health Awareness to Your Gym

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How to Advocate and Bring Mental Health Awareness to Your Gym

Physical activity has been linked to mental health benefits for decades. In a 1985 study published in Public Health Reports, three researchers found that physical activity not only helps alleviate moderate to severe depression but can also help with self-esteem issues, social skills, and stress... Continue Reading

11/1/2019


5 Retail Items Your Gym Should Be Selling

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5 Retail Items Your Gym Should Be Selling

Sell what people will use in your facility. That’s the #1 piece of advice Todd McCormick, Director of Retail Operations at ASCEND, offers for maintaining a successful retail shop in your gym. The Pittsburgh gym has a relatively small retail space – 600 square feet of the... Continue Reading

10/30/2019


Sequencing Activities for Youth Climbing Programs

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Sequencing Activities for Youth Climbing Programs

As coaches and climbing instructors, breaking down our goals for participants - either technical, social, or recreational - into achievable steps can be a daunting task. The key to helping participants reach their goals and giving a familiar learning structure to our programs is sequencing... Continue Reading

10/23/2019


The Routesetter as Professional: In Conversation with Ward Byrum

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The Routesetter as Professional: In Conversation with Ward Byrum

As the sport of climbing grows, its infrastructure must grow along with it. Climbing gyms continue to multiply, and the demand for high-quality routesetting has increased in tandem. As a result, routesetting is changing as a profession. To get a handle on what that means for the job and the... Continue Reading

10/22/2019