CWA Committees

Work-at-Height Standards Committee

The Climbing Wall Association has developed consensus standards for climbing wall workers and work-at-height certification trainers (providers). The committee responsible for developing and maintaining the CWA climbing wall worker certification standard, and assessment criteria, is the CWA Work-at-Height Certification Standards Committee. If you would like more information about this, you can find it here:


Instructor Certification Standards Committee

The Climbing Wall Association has developed consensus standards for certified climbing wall instructors and climbing wall instructor trainers (providers). The committee responsible for developing and maintaining the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor certification standards is the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Standards Committee. If you would like more information about CWA’s Certification Standards Committee, you can find it here:


Engineering Standards Committee

The CWA develops engineering standards in two key areas: standards for the design and engineering of manufactured climbing structures and structural inspection standards for climbing walls. The CWA sponsors the Engineering Standards Committee, which is responsible for the development, maintenance, revision and interpretation of these specifications. CWA engineering standards are intended to assist architects, designers, engineers, inspectors and builders in determining adequate parameters for the design, engineering and inspection of manufactured climbing structures. CWA engineering standards relate to actual conditions of use and may address: materials, strength of materials, standard test methods, product testing procedures, definitions of technical or trade terms, product specifications, labeling standards, commercial practices, or other information that provides guidance to the industry. The engineering standards do not purport to address the safety concerns associated with the operation or use of a manufactured climbing structure. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to consult pertinent operational standards, establish appropriate safety and health practices, and to determine the applicability of any regulatory requirements prior to use. If you would like more information about the CWA’s Engineering Standards Committee, please contact us, or you may find it here:


Industry Practices Committee

The Industry Practices Committee works on the development and maintenance of guidelines, recommendations, and practices concerning the management and operation of climbing walls CWA Industry Practices are intended to assist owners and operators of climbing facilities in the management and operation of those facilities and in developing sound risk management plans. If you would like more information about the CWA’s Industry Practices Committee, you can find it here:

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Industry Practices Committee

Industry Practices Committee

The Industry Practices Committee works on the development and maintenance of guidelines, recommendations, and practices concerning the management and operation of climbing walls CWA Industry Practices are intended to assist owners and operators of climbing facilities in the management and operation of those facilities and in developing sound risk management plans. If you would like more information about the CWA’s Industry Practices Committee, you can find it here:

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  • Mike St Laurent

    Mike St Laurent

    President & COO, Triangle Rock Club

    Committee Chair

  • Kenneth Cronin

    Kenneth Cronin

    Owner, Crag X Indoor Climbing Centre Inc.

    Committee Member

  • Jon Heshka

    Jon Heshka

    Professor, Thompson Rivers University

    Committee Member

  • Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins

    Chief Strategy Officer, Movement, LLC

    Committee Member

  • Jason Kurten

    Associate Director of Rec Sports, Texas A&M University Outdoor Adventures

    Committee Member

  • Jason Noble

    Jason Noble

    Operations Manager, Vertical Endeavors, Inc.

    Committee Member

  • George Poulton

    George Poulton

    General Counsel, GCMP Law

    Committee Member

  • Wesley Shih

    Wesley Shih

    Sender One Climbing LLC

    Committee Member

  • Lauren Watson

    Ground Up Climbing Centre

    Committee Member

  • Garnet Moore

    Garnet Moore

    Executive Director, Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

  • Heather Reynolds

    Heather Reynolds

    Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

Climbing Wall Instructor Committee

The Climbing Wall Association has developed consensus standards for certified climbing wall instructors and climbing wall instructor trainers (providers). The committee responsible for developing and maintaining the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor certification standards is the CWA Climbing Wall Instructor Certification Standards Committee. If you would like more information about CWA’s Certification Standards Committee, you can find it here:

  • Jamie Harpster

    Jamie Harpster

    Chief Operations Officer, Gravity Vault - Corporate Locations

    Committee Member

  • Russell Hobart

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Committee Member

  • Michael Lary

    Source Climbing Center

    Committee Member

  • Jason Noble

    Jason Noble

    Operations Manager, Vertical Endeavors, Inc.

    Committee Member

  • Brian Sweeney

    Climbing Wall Instructor Provider, Work at Height Competent Person, LV2 USAC...

    Chief Knowledgearian of Vertical Empowerment, BaseCamp Climbing Gym

    Committee Member

  • Heather Reynolds

    Heather Reynolds

    Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

Routesetting Committee

  • Jackie Hueftle

    Jackie Hueftle

    Co-Founder Routesetting Institute

    COO, Kilter, LLC

    Committee Chair

  • Ward Byrum

    Director of Routesetting - Eastern Region, Movement, LLC

    Committee Member

  • Kyle Dontanville

    Sales Account Manager / Routesetter, Vertical Solutions

    Committee Member

  • Alexandra Fox

    Director of Routesetting, First Ascent LLC

    Committee Member

  • Paul Jung

    Director of Routesetting - Northeastern Region, Movement, LLC

    Committee Member

  • Foxman McCarthy-James

    Routesetter, Alta Climbing

    Committee Member

  • Justin Wright

    Director of Routesetting, Edgeworks Climbing, Inc.

    Committee Member

  • Peter Zeidelhack

    Routesetter

    Committee Member

  • Garnet Moore

    Garnet Moore

    Executive Director, Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

  • Heather Reynolds

    Heather Reynolds

    Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

  • Heather Reynolds

    Heather Reynolds

    Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

  • Dean Pflaumer

    Dean Pflaumer

    Co-Owner, Redline Access and Rescue Solutions

    Committee Chair

  • Matthew Conroy

    Rock Climb Fairfield

    Committee Member

  • Drake Linscott

    Marin Gravity Vault

    Committee Member

  • Foxman McCarthy-James

    Routesetter, Alta Climbing

    Committee Member

  • Eddie Morillas

    Director of Routesetting, The Front Climbing Club - SLC

    Committee Member

  • Justin Wright

    Director of Routesetting, Edgeworks Climbing, Inc.

    Committee Member

  • Peter Zeidelhack

    Routesetter

    Committee Member

CWA x USAC Joint Committee

  • Andrew Hou

    Owner, Uplift Climbing

    Committee Member

  • Michael Lary

    Source Climbing Center

    Committee Member

  • Ian McIntosh

    CEO, Mesa Rim Climbing Center

    Committee Member

  • Drew Sloss

    Owner, Climb Nashville, LLC

    Committee Member

  • Aaron Stevens

    General Manager, Climb Iowa

    Committee Member

  • Garnet Moore

    Garnet Moore

    Executive Director, Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison

Government Affairs

The CWA is the principal advocate for and defender of the indoor climbing industry in North America. Each year, we monitor and attend dozens of hearings in states and provinces across the continent. The CWA’s public policy agenda involves educating our members on policy matters that may have an impact on their programs and businesses; promoting positive regulatory and business conditions for the industry; and promoting sound public policy regarding health, physical education and recreation. 

  • Kathryn Kaufman

    Chief Operations Officer, Central Rock Climbing Gym

    Committee Member

  • Matt Roberts

    Board Member, 5.Life

    Committee Member

  • Garnet Moore

    Garnet Moore

    Executive Director, Climbing Wall Association

    CWA Staff Liaison