Climbing Business

More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

More Climbing Centers Implement “Auto Belay”

 We’re all becoming more comfortable with non-human interfaces in areas that have traditionally required a person. Everything from self-service checkout to self-driving cars are being introduced to do jobs that have always required a human. Now, auto-belay on climbing walls is allowing climbers to manage their own safety belays without another person being involved. The […]

Are You Dedicated Enough To Be A World Class Route Setter?  Better Check This Out

Are You Dedicated Enough To Be A World Class Route Setter? Better Check This Out

There are route setters, then there are ROUTE SETTERS. Sarah Laine is the all caps version. Laine gave up her pre-med studies at Washington University to pursue her desire to be a route setter.  Her love of climbing and her willingness to start as a volunteer in order to get her career off the ground […]

New York Times Article Features Brooklyn Boulders

New York Times Article Features Brooklyn Boulders

Yesterday’s New York Times featured a great article about the Brooklyn Boulders climbing center in Long Island City, NY. The number of climbing centers nationwide continues to grow, and Brooklyn Boulders Queens location averages 1000 visitors a day to its 18,000 square foot facility. In addition to the NYC location, Brooklyn Boulders also has climbing centers in […]

Need A Fresh Look For Your Climbing Center?  Invite a Guest Route Setter

Need A Fresh Look For Your Climbing Center? Invite a Guest Route Setter

Even the best route setters eventually run out of good, new challenging ideas for routes on a wall that they have worked on dozens, or even hundreds of times. When your center hits this sort of a wall (sorry), you might want to consider bringing in a star guest route setter. The Route Setting Association […]

Virtual Rock Climbing-Maybe Not As Safe As You Thought

Virtual Rock Climbing-Maybe Not As Safe As You Thought

Using virtual reality headsets has been promoted as a totally safe way for someone to learn and practice climbing with no risk. The “climber” is presented with a climbing environment through a headset screen and can move around in the virtual environment by gripping actual hand holds and moving through the climbing challenge presented there. […]

Abu Dhabi Plans Climb To The Top

Abu Dhabi Plans Climb To The Top

World renowned entertainment center Yas Island in Abu Dhabi has announced the planned addition of the world’s largest indoor climbing wall. The developer of “Clymb” plans to spend $100 million to build the climbing center, which will include a skydiving center. The new climbing center will join such attractions as Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld […]

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