Member benefits: Vendors & Suppliers

Without Vendors & Suppliers, the Indoor Climbing Industry Doesn't Exist

From the walls climbers climb to the holds they grab, the ropes they tie into, to even the clean air they breathe, vendors & suppliers are the skeleton of the indoor climbing industry.

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Why You Belong

The reasons to join the CWA go far beyond the list below, but here's a few of our best benefits for those listed above.

  1. The Climbing Wall Association Summit

    The annual CWA Summit is your opportunity to show your stuff. We build our entire programming around giving you an opportunity to make connections, and sales, with climbing gyms and facilities around the globe. More on that below.

  2. Advertising Opportunities

    The Climbing Wall Association continues to grow every year. With that, you have the opportunity to tap into the most widely used resource in the industry and get your products out in front of them. We update our advertising offerings frequently and get creative with ways to show your products.

  3. Industry Research Program

    The CWA's informative, robust, and collaborative power comes through in our industry research program. Learn about industry trends, reports, surveys, and much more.

  4. Vendor Directory

    Be displayed in the vendor directory, our who's who of the indoor climbing industry, where members of the CWA find and look for vendors and suppliers to help their businesses. We often update our ways to get our vendors in front of our members, too.

Indoor Climbing Gym Vendors

Vendor and Suppliers are broken into the following 'Business Types', which fall under the Vendor/Supplier 'Job Function'. These are how we categorize different members of the vendor and supplier family.

  • Climbing Gear Manufacturer
  • Climbing Hold Manufacturer
  • Climbing Wall Manufacturer/Designer
  • Auto Belay Manufacturer
  • Retailer or Distributor
  • Software
  • Flooring Manufacturer
  • Consultant

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Don't Miss Out: CWA Summit

The CWA Summit is your ultimate trade show.  Hundreds of vendors from around the world come to our Exhibit Hall to schmooze, network, and sell products. Being a member gives you access to even more resources ahead of and after the Summit. You get exclusive member pricing by being part of the CWA community.

Membership pricing is based around the CWA Summit cycle, with your membership expiring every year on May 31st following the event. 

CWA Summit

  • The CWA Summit is attended by gyms big and small, from across the globe. Learn from your peers on the other side of the industry, make new friends, and grow your professional network.
  • The CWA Summit has a dedicated Exhibit Hall with hours, sponsorship opportunities, and more. If you're trying to break into or sustain your business, the CWA Summit is an event to plan your year around.
  • The CWA Summit provides various giveaways, marketing, and advertising opportunities before, during, and after the event, and much more. The opportunities begin, nor end, in the Exhibit Hall.

Benefits For All

Below is a list of the other range of benefits afforded to all members of the CWA. The CWA is a place for everyone to grow and sustain their benefits. We serve our members and work hard with the tools we have, and are always adding more reasons to be part of the community across the globe furthering the interests of indoor climbers.

All Your Benefits

  • 5% off Wholesale on Nicros resin Handholds & Training Tools
  • Wholesale on Entre Prises USA climbing holds
  • 15% discount on Atomik climbing holds
  • 5% discount on Bron route tape
  • 12% discount on any direct boulder order from Rock Craft
  • 2 months of free consulting from Merchant Advocate
  • Access to partner pricing with Dominion Payroll
  • Access to for all member's full-time employees
  • Discounted background checks through S2Verify
Member Pricing on CWA Events
  • CWA Summit
  • Paid webinars
  • Archive of paid webinars through the CWA Community Hub
  • Special member pricing on CWA Certifications like Climbing Wall Instructor and Provider, including emerging courses like the CWA Intro to Routesetting Course
Member Pricing on Industry Research
  • Industry Reports
  • Indoor Climber Survey Summary Report
  • Archival data on CWA's Road to Recovery reporting from 2020-2021
Member Pricing on CWA Publications
  • CWA Climbing Gym Business Plan Creation
  • Guide to Visitor Agreements
  • CWA Industry Practices
  • CWA Engineering Specifications
  • ClimbSmart! Posters

New members receive a publication of their choice. Upon each renewal, members can select one new publication of their choice.

  • Gym startup advice
  • Access to cost-effective risk-management consulting and training services
  • Support, advocacy, and lobbying initiatives on regulatory issues that affect you. Explore the following articles to learn about how the CWA assisted in preventing a climbing gym in Washington from being shut down by runaway bureaucracy.

If your organization is already a member, you can log in or make an account to access your benefits!