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Nonprofit Member Spotlight: Climbing 4 Change
Nonprofit Member Spotlight: Climbing 4 Change

Kai Lightner has leveraged his success as a pro climber to found a non-proft, Climbing for Change, that is inspiring diversity in climbing. Learn how your gym can get involved through grant programs, partnerships, consultations, and connections. Continue Reading

Date posted10/23/2023


Choosing Belay Devices in Indoor Climbing Gyms
Choosing Belay Devices in Indoor Climbing Gyms

Learn about tube-style and assisted braking devices, how they work, the difference, why gyms have different preferences, and why human error is the most common reason a device fails. Continue Reading

Date posted10/23/2023


Benefit of Affinity Groups to Indoor Climbing Gym
Benefit of Affinity Groups to Indoor Climbing Gym

Indoor climbing gyms provide inherent benefit to their communities by providing a space for affinity groups to operate. Here's a why-to on climbing gyms working with affinity groups. Continue Reading

Date posted10/6/2023


What Do Brands Want from Indoor Climbing Gyms?
What Do Brands Want from Indoor Climbing Gyms?

What does your indoor climbing gym have to do to make the brands that produce equipment for your retail area happy? We break it down for you. Continue Reading

Date posted10/4/2023


Gym Owners & Indoor Climbing's Boom: Part 1
Gym Owners & Indoor Climbing's Boom: Part 1

The CWA’s most recent industry report was conducted in 2019, surveying 146 climbing facilities and 96 different companies from a total of 577 commercial gyms in North America—a number representing an 8.7% growth in total facilities compared to 2018. The overall revenue for climbing... Continue Reading

Date posted09/22/2023


Create an Annual Indoor Climbing Gym Calendar
Create an Annual Indoor Climbing Gym Calendar

Ever feel like time is flying, way too fast, and your business isn't ready for what comes next? Creating a standardized and centralized annual calendar for your company is your road map to recurring annual preparedness and success. Continue Reading

Date posted09/22/2023


Keep Your Customer Base: Loyalty in Indoor Climbing Gyms
Keep Your Customer Base: Loyalty in Indoor Climbing Gyms

Indoor climbing gyms have to keep their customer base, and it isn't only the routesetting and walls that keep customers coming back to your indoor climbing gym. Learn the best ways to keep your customer base as members. Continue Reading

Date posted09/8/2023


Duties of Care in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Revisited
Duties of Care in Indoor Climbing Gyms: Revisited

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

Date posted09/7/2023


Series: Get The Most Out of Monument Insurance
Series: Get The Most Out of Monument Insurance

Our new series featuring partner Monument Sports Group goes over the high level of our benefits in partnership with their organization. Continue Reading

Date posted08/28/2023


5 Employee Recognition Hacks for Indoor Climbing Gyms
5 Employee Recognition Hacks for Indoor Climbing Gyms

Learn some simple, but effective, tips to boost employee morale, create buy-in, and develop onboarding plans to positively impact productivity and business success through employee retention at your climbing gym. Continue Reading

Date posted08/28/2023


What Tools Do Routesetters Need?
What Tools Do Routesetters Need?

In indoor climbing gyms, routesetters are one of the best assets you can have. In this article, we discuss the needs of routesetters, from literal gear to support. Continue Reading

Date posted08/14/2023


10 Indoor Climbing Gym Owner Tips
10 Indoor Climbing Gym Owner Tips

In this latest blog post, we dive into 10 little-thought-of tips for folks just starting out or for those of us in the indoor climbing industry looking to expand. Continue Reading

Date posted08/14/2023