Climbing Business

Setting Routes With Tape?  Don’t Forget The Floor

Setting Routes With Tape? Don’t Forget The Floor

Lots of climbing centers use cloth route setting tape for their walls. It’s durable, bright, easily applied and it leaves no tape residue when removed. What those centers don’t do (at least a lot of them) is use tape to mark their floors. I am talking about a vinyl tape product called “aisle marking tape” […]

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. […]

Ready To “Up” Your Game?  How About Attending A Clinic

Ready To “Up” Your Game? How About Attending A Clinic

Even the best route setters need inspiration from time to time. Working on your own or with the same small group day after day can make you stale. How about attending a clinic? Lots of climbing centers host them, and this will give you a great way to integrate into the local community. Don’t be […]

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. […]

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 […]

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