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CWA Launches Certification Summit

The CWA's newest event will include certification, round tables, and clinics and will take place at the new Petzl Institute in Salt Lake City, UT. Registration for the event is now open at www.climbingwallindustry.org.

BOULDER, CO (7/9/2014) - The Climbing Wall Association is proud to announce the launch of its first members-only Certification Summit. The event will be held at the new Petzl Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 7 – 11, 2014 and will include certifications, clinics, round tables, and additional training from the CWA and Petzl. Registration for the event is now open at www.climbingwallindustry.org.

The CWA launched its Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) and CWI Provider certification programs in 2010 to a small pilot group. Today, many of the pool’s 700+ instructors and providers are up for re-certification. The Certification Summit is an opportunity for re-certification, new certifications, and other applicable clinics and round tables led by the CWA and Petzl.

“Given the overwhelming growth of our certification programs, we wanted to create an event focused on certification and continuing education for our certification pool and members”, says Bill Zimmermann, CWA’s CEO. “This gives us the opportunity to offer enhanced education for new and existing instructors and to add a much-needed second CWI Provider course to our annual calendar.”

The Petzl Institute is housed in the company’s new USA headquarters and includes classrooms, a climbing wall, and other teaching areas. Petzl’s trainers will provide a number of courses at the Certification Summit including equipment inspection certification, work at height certification for gym employees, first aid, rescue, and others.

About CWA
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the climbing wall industry and does the work no one else can do. As a member-driven trade association, the CWA protects the industry from regulation, promotes sound risk management practices, and provides valuable benefits and services to the climbing community. www.climbingwallindustry.org

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New Bouldering Gym Coming to Las Vegas

OldRock, Inc., has signed a lease in Las Vegas to develop an all-bouldering climbing gym. The facility is located on Valley View Boulevard, only minutes from the I-15 and Russell Rd. and from the I-215 and Decatur. The new gym will be called The Refuge Climbing Center.

The climbing wall design is already complete, and engineering should be done by mid-April.  Construction of this 11,000 sq. ft. facility is planned to commence in July, and the grand opening is scheduled for this fall.  Louie Anderson, the wall’s designer, will build the walls.  Jeff Clapp, one of Rockreation’s founders, is project manager on the facility development, and Cody Hidler from Rockreation, Salt Lake City, will run the gym.

Clapp and Hidler, who have worked together for seven years, have established the goal of providing a great place to train, socialize, and get fit, and are committed to a culture where climbers of all abilities are part of the community.

Daniel, David Chancellor to Present Summit Keynote

BOULDER, CO (04/14/2014) – Today, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announced the selection of Daniel and David Chancellor as the keynote presenters for this year’s Climbing Wall Summit presented by Walltopia. The presentation will detail the marketing and business strategies that have led to the success of So iLL’s hold and climbing gym businesses.

“Dave and Dan have supported the Summit for many years”, says CWA CEO Bill Zimmermann.  “They are skilled marketers and have shown an aptitude for branding and marketing to a young demographic.  We think they will be a great addition to our event.”

Daniel and David got their start in the climbing industry in 2002 as owners of So iLL Holds.  In 2010 they opened Climb So iLL in a renovated St. Louis hospital power plant. From hand-pouring holds in an Illinois barn to ownership of a premier climbing facility, their rise in the industry has been impressive.

“It is an honor to be asked to speak at the Climbing Wall Association conference.  With so many of our role models attending this event every year, we are humbled.” 

Now in its 8th year, the Climbing Wall Summit is the climbing wall industry’s only professional development conference. Participants from across the globe attend the Summit to network, learn, and meet with top vendors. Previous keynote speakers include climbing legend Chris Sharma, Chris Warner of Earth Treks, and climbing writer Dougald MacDonald. Registration for the Summit is now open at http://www.climbingwallindustry.org/index.php/events/climbing_wall_summit/registration/ .


About CWA
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the manufactured climbing wall industry and does the work no one else can do. Since 2003 the CWA has been protecting the industry from regulation, promoting sound risk management practices, and providing valuable benefits and services to the climbing community. http://www.climbingwallindustry.org

Adventure Rock to Open Second Location

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (March 21, 2014) Adventure Rock Climbing Gym, the premier climbing facility in Wisconsin, announces plans for the construction of its second location in the city of Milwaukee. The facility will be located on the Eastside at 2240 North Commerce Street; construction is expected to break ground mid-summer of 2014 for an official opening in December of 2014.

Adventure Rock to Open Second Indoor Climbing Gym Location

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (March 21, 2014) Adventure Rock Climbing Gym, the premier climbing facility in Wisconsin, announces plans for the construction of its second location in the city of Milwaukee.  The facility will be located on the Eastside at 2240 North Commerce Street; construction is expected to break ground mid-summer of 2014 for an official opening in December of 2014.
The climbing wall manufacturer chosen for the job is Boulder, Colorado based Eldorado Climbing Walls. The climbing wall design for the facility includes over 18,000 square feet of climbing terrain, with wall heights up to 42 feet tall, of that terrain, 2,000 square feet will be dedicated to bouldering. The facility will also include a dedicated fitness area, pro-shop and some of the most helpful staff in the industry. 

Adventure Rock has been operating in Brookfield for over 16 years, providing high quality climbing terrain, classes, and events for everyone from the beginner climber to the experienced climber. Adventure Rock is truly dedicated to bringing climbing to the masses, and is excited to continue contributing to the growth of the sport through the opening of their second location.

“We are so excited to be opening in the Milwaukee area. We are looking forward to being a part of a young, bright, vibrant community on the east side,” says Eric Olson, Manager or Adventure Rock, “The location next to the Milwaukee River and Beerline Bike Trail will be a perfect extension of our love of the outdoors and recreation.”

For more information visit www.adventurerock.com/news/ar2.

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Rock and Ice Offers Discounts to CWA Members

March 19, 2014 - The CWA has partnered with Rock and Ice Magazine to offer discounts to current CWA members. A 50% discount will be applied to any new or renewing subscription with proof of current CWA membership.

To receive this discount, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The CWA aims to provide the most comprehensive member benefits package in the industry. Over the past year we have added benefits from Constant Contact, TruBlue, RockCraft, and more.

View all of our member perks >

2014 Climbing Wall Summit Registration Opened

February 19, 2014 - The CWA has announced the launch of registration for the 2014 Climbing Wall Summit. Join the industry's best and brightest for nearly 50 certifications, workshops, and sessions in beautiful Boulder, CO. The Summit will be held May 15 - 17, 2014 and preferential pricing is available for current CWA members. Sign up today!

In its 8th year, the Climbing Wall Summit continues to provide the industry’s ONLY professional development conference.  The Summit’s unparalleled networking and educational opportunities are ideal for owners, managers, instructors, coaches, route setters, and other climbing wall employees. Everyone from your facility can benefit by attending.  This year’s speakers come from:

Early registration rates last until March 14, so register soon!

Head Rush to Offer CWA Member Benefit

Head Rush Technologies, maker of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay, has partnered with the CWA to offer a new member benefit. Current CWA members who purchase a TRUBLUE Auto Belay will now receive a free TRUBLUE Auto Belay Gate ($40 value).

A strong supporter of the CWA, Head Rush Technologies (manufacturer of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay) now offers CWA members a special benefit.  Active CWA members that purchase a TRUBLUE or TRUBLUE XL Auto Belay will receive a free TRUBLUE Auto Belay Gate (a $40 value).

TRUBLUE uses eddy current magnetic braking technology to provide climbers of all sizes with a consistent and smooth descent.  The TRUBLUE accommodates climbing walls up to 41’, while the TRUBLUE XL can be used on walls as high as 65’.  Learn more at http://www.autobelay.com.

The TRUBLUE Auto Belay Gate is a simple way for climbing wall operators to reinforce the proper use of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay.  While clipped into the auto belay the triangular gate blocks the initial foot holds and hand holds of a climbing lane. Once the climber transfers the auto belay carabiner from the gate to their harness, the Belay Gate lays flat on the floor, opening the climbing lane and alerting others there is a climber above.  Learn more at http://store.headrushtech.com/belay-gate-p/hr1001.htm

To receive your free Belay Gate with the purchase of an auto belay, visit the Head Rush online store at https://store.headrushtech.com and enter promotion code CWA2014 at checkout.  Or call 877-565-6885 to place and order and mention the promotion code.  For more information, call or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

*This offer is valid on new purchases only and other restrictions may apply

CWA Selects New Insurance Partner

BOULDER, CO (12/04/2013) – Today, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announced the selection of The Monument Sports Group as its new endorsed insurance partner following an extensive national search. In their new role, The Monument Sports Group will provide insurance services to current CWA members, primarily climbing wall owners and operators. The application process for these insurance programs will open immediately.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Drew Eakins
Membership Marketing Manager
(720) 838-8284
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Climbing Wall Association Selects Monument Sports As New Insurance Partner

BOULDER, CO (12/04/2013) – Today, the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) announced the
selection of The Monument Sports Group as its new endorsed insurance partner following an
extensive national search. In their new role, Monument Sports will provide insurance services to
current CWA members, primarily climbing wall owners and operators. The application process for
these insurance programs will open immediately.

“Our endorsed insurance program exists to help CWA members continue to thrive throughout
the ups and downs of the insurance market”, states Bill Zimmermann, CEO. “Our staff and
Board of Directors are pleased to have selected an experienced and sophisticated partner like
Monument Sports to continue providing the industry’s best insurance value to our members.”
After 18 years in the general insurance business with a concentration on sports, Mark Grossman
realized that there were very few agencies concentrating on the specific needs of professional
and amateur sports associations and companies. To fill this industry need, Mark opened The
Monument Sports Group in August of 2000. Today, Monument Sports manages nationwide
programs that provide insurance and risk management services for a diverse group of sports
and recreation clients.

“We are honored and thrilled to be named the exclusive provider of insurance services for the
CWA! Chris Fox and Will Jorgensen, from our office, are long-time climbers and have been
waiting for the opportunity to combine their climbing and sports insurance experience,” stated
Mark Grossman, President of Monument Sports. “We look forward to working with the CWA to
provide sports-specific insurance and gym-specific risk management to its members.”
While in negotiations with the CWA, Monument Sports has already provided coverages for
several gyms and is working with many others. The CWA program is now officially open and will
begin accepting applications from current CWA members immediately. Please contact Mark,
Chris, Brian Fox, or Will at 866-674-1234 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About CWA
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the manufactured climbing wall industry and does the work no
one else can do. Since 2003 the CWA has been protecting the industry from regulation, promoting sound
risk management practices, and providing valuable benefits and services to the climbing community.
www.climbingwallindustry.org

1460 Lee Hill Road, Unit 7 PH: 720 838 8284
Boulder, CO 80304-0870 USA FX: 720 528 8200
climbingwallindustry.org
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Headrush Technologies Launches Trublue XL Auto Belay

BOULDER, Colorado (November 25, 2013) – Head Rush Technologies today announces the launch of theTRUBLUE XL Auto Belay. Using the same magnetic eddy current braking technology as the market-leading TRUBLUE Auto Belay, the TRUBLUE XL accommodates climbing walls as high as 65 feet (19.8 meters).

“I love the TRUBLUE XL Auto Belays. I find them amazing for training on tall walls and for warming up,” said Evan Race of Brooklyn Boulders Sommerville.  “It was great to have some first time climbers get to the top of our tallest walls due to these.  It’s a fantastic feeling for them and us to share… that was really awesome.”

TRUBLUE Auto Belays, including the TRUBLUE XL, are the only auto belay devices designed specifically for climbing.  The TRUBLUE uses a self-regulating magnetic braking system and is engineered to meet the strictest safety standards of all auto belays.

Modular and compact, TRUBLUE auto belays are easy to install, move and maintain.  TRUBLUE accommodates the widest range of climber weights, making it ideal for climbing walls used by both children and adults.

“Due to the popularity of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay, we frequently have received requests for an auto belay product from climbing wall operators with climbing walls of 42 – 65 feet in height,” said Candie Fisher, CEO of Head Rush Technologies.  “We are excited to bring this much-needed TRUBLUE XL Auto Belay product to our customers.”

The TRUBLUE XL Auto Belay is available for sale for $2,495 athttps://store.headrushtech.com, by calling 877-565-6885 (720-565-6885) or through our Head Rush Technologies Distributors.

CWA Seeks Member Services Coordinator

(November 20, 2013) - The Climbing Wall Association is seeking qualified applicants for its Member Services Coordinator opening. The Member Services Coordinator is responsible for day to day administration and operation of CWA’s membership function and supporting the association’s members by providing excellent customer service.

Date: 11/20/2013
Position: CWA Member Services Coordinator
Status: Full time (40 hrs/wk)
Reports to: CEO
Pay: Salary
Rate: $29,500 – 31,500/yr
Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Member Services Coordinator is responsible for day to day administration and operation of CWA’s membership function and supporting the association’s members by providing excellent customer service. The Member Services Coordinator is responsible for assisting the staff team with membership marketing, membership sales, membership communications, and membership reporting. The Member Services Coordinator is also responsible for assisting with the acquisition, development and maintenance of member products, services, partnerships, and benefits resulting in increased membership growth and satisfaction. Additional responsibilities related to membership program administration include: web site content management, basic bookkeeping, accounts receivable and accounts payable, data entry, membership fulfillment, vendor and member relations.

This position is also responsible for assistance with event planning and implementation for the Climbing Wall Summit, the CWA’s annual conference. This position will assist the staff with conference planning, logistics, scheduling, exhibitors and sponsors, session development, registration, volunteer management, and conference attendee customer service.

To view the full position description, click here.

CWA Presents at Access Fund Summit

On November 2, the CWA was invited to present at the Access Fund’s “Educate for Access Summit” at the Mohonk Preserve, NY. As one of nine presenters at the event, we were able to engage the audience from the unique perspective of climbing facility owners and managers.

Attendees included land managers, local climbing organizations, climbing gym representatives, and climbing guides. The goal of the event was to collaboratively address the education of climbers transitioning from the indoors to the outdoors. 

Here are a few of our takeaways:

Climber education needs have evolved
In the early days of climbing, techniques and etiquette were learned from experienced mentors in an outdoor setting. Climbing was a piece of the overall mountaineering skillset. Today, climbers are introduced to the sport through indoor facilities. Education is provided by trained instructors at indoor facilities and is indoor-centric.

Indoor and outdoor climbing organizations are succeeding, respectively
Climbing facilities equip climbers for indoor climbing through belay tests, orientations, and risk management resources. Organizations like the Access Fund, climbing guide services, and Leave No Trace have secured access to climbing areas and successfully help inform climbers arriving in the outdoors.  Both sides of the indoor/outdoor climbing equation are succeeding!

Climbing facilities are an imperative piece of the climber education puzzle
As the primary training ground for new and transitioning climbers, indoor facilities have the opportunity to start the transitioning conversation.  Whether through programs, media, or other resources, climbing facilities were shown to be a key piece of the communication process.  Organizations like the Access Fund, Leave No Trace, and others have created resources to help with this education.  The CWA encourages its members to connect with local landowners, climbing organizations, and municipal authorities to convey relevant local messaging to climbers.  A healthy local climbing economy benefits everyone!

The CWA would like to thank the Access Fund for the opportunity to present and also for taking an active interest in continued access to our favorite climbing areas.

For more from the Access Fund, visit www.accessfund.org

USA Climbing Awards the 2014 SCS Open Championships to Sender One

Boulder, Colorado / Santa Ana, California (November 12, 2013) - Just months after its grand opening, Sender One has been named host facility of the 2014 Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Open National Championships, the United States’ premier sport climbing competition. Sender One owner Chris Sharma, one of the world's best climbers, will make his first appearance in the competition since 2009.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USA Climbing Awards the 2014 Sport Climbing Series Open Championships to Chris Sharma’s Sender One

Boulder, Colorado / Santa Ana, California – November 12, 2013

Just months after its grand opening, Sender One has been named host facility of the 2014 Sport Climbing Series (SCS) Open National Championships, the United States’ premier sport climbing competition. Sender One owner Chris Sharma, one of the world’s best climbers, will make his first appearance in the competition since 2009.

The competition-climbing world will converge on Santa Ana on April 4th and 5th as the country’s best professional climbers compete in sport and speed climbing, with the top finishers eligible to move on to the World Cup circuit and World Championships. The event will be internationally webcast by USA Climbing.

Sender One is the newest world-class climbing gym in the United States and opened to widespread acclaim in June 2013.  Located in Orange County, California, Sender One’s 25,000 square foot facility features, among other things, dramatically designed climbing walls and surfaces up to 50 feet in height. Sender One will host a Vendor Village outside the gym that will feature displays by the top climbing and outdoor product companies as well as local, southern California-based partners.

Mary-Clare Brennan, USA Climbing CEO, states, “USA Climbing is extremely pleased to partner with Sender One to host the SCS Open National Championships at their facility in 2014. We expect 2014 to be a landmark year for this event and for the sport of climbing.”

“I’m really excited and proud that my gym, Sender One, will be hosting SCS Nationals,” shares Chris Sharma.  “It’ll be great to have all of the country’s best climbers here sharing their love for the sport and putting on a great show for Southern California as well as the rest of the country.  It will be a great time!  I’m also excited to compete and see if I can give the young’uns a run for their money!”

USA Climbing and Sender One will release more information as the event approaches.
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USA Climbing is the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing. The organization manages the disciplines of bouldering, lead and speed climbing as well as paraclimbing. USA Climbing conducts the American Bouldering Series, Sport Climbing Series and Collegiate Climbing Series each year, hosts IFSC World Cup events and sends athletes to participate in the IFSC’s World Cup circuit and the World Climbing and Paraclimbing Championships.

For More Information Contact:
USA Climbing
4909 Pearl East Circle, Suite 102
Boulder, CO 80301
O: 303.499.0715
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sender One Climbing is owned and designed by Chris Sharma, the world’s most iconic climber.  Located in Santa Ana, CA, not far from Disneyland, Sender One attracts visitors from all over the world with many coming from as far as Europe, Australia, and Asia to experience what Sender One has to offer.  Sender One’s 25,000 square foot space features beautiful walls up to 50 feet in height; the first Funtopia interactive climbing center in the United States; and full fitness and yoga facilities.

Sender One Climbing
1441 S. Village Way
Santa Ana, CA 92075
O: 714.881.3456
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Petzl’s Rick Vance Joins CWA Board

(November 8, 2013) - The Climbing Wall Association is pleased to announce the selection of Rick Vance to our Board of Directors. Rick, Petzl America's Technical Director, is an avid climber and brings extensive industry experience to the CWA.

(November 8, 2013) - The Climbing Wall Association is pleased to announce the selection of Rick Vance to our Board of Directors.  Rick, Petzl America’s Technical Director, is an avid climber and brings extensive industry experience to the CWA. As Technical Director, Rick manages and communicates technical product information, oversees the management of the Petzl Technical Institute, and represents Petzl at product performance standards meetings in North America. 

“The CWA is pleased to welcome Rick to our Board of Directors”, says CWA CEO, Bill Zimmermann.  “Rick has always been a great supporter of the CWA and we look forward to drawing on his vast experience as a climber, engineer, and manufacturer in the industry.”

For more information on the CWA’s Board of Directors, click here.

2014 Climbing Wall Summit Dates Announced

(October 24, 2013) - The CWA is proud to announce that the 8th Annual Climbing Wall Summit will be held May 15-17, 2014 in Boulder, CO. The Summit is the premier professional development conference for the climbing wall industry and includes workshops, certification, educational sessions, and a large exhibit hall. Registration for the Summit will open shortly with members receiving discounted rates.

The CWA is proud to announce that the 8th Annual Climbing Wall Summit will be held May 15-17, 2014 in Boulder, CO. The Summit is the premier professional development conference for the climbing wall industry and includes workshops, certification, educational sessions, and a large exhibit hall. Registration for the Summit will open shortly with members receiving discounted rates.

To learn more about the Summit, visit the Summit Webpage

In addition to the announcement of dates, the CWA has also opened the Call for Proposals for educational content and workshops. If you have a topic that is relevant to the sport of climbing, climbing wall management, climbing wall operations, climbing instruction, climbing technique, design and engineering, recreation law, route-setting, et cetera, and would like to share your knowledge, information, or skills with others, please submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop or conference session. Strengthen the climbing wall industry by sharing your expertise!

To submit a proposal, visit the Call for Proposals Webpage

CWA Launches Industry Job Board

(October 23, 2013) - Due to high demand for climbing industry job postings, the CWA has created a dedicated industry jobs board. CWA members can now post their job openings on the job board free of charge. All postings are public and can be viewed by any visitor to the CWA website.

The growing popularity of indoor climbing has led to the construction of around 40 new facilities over the past year. This growth has resulted in high demand for qualified, knowledgeable climbing staff to operate these new facilities. Due to the increasing volume of job posting requests from CWA members, the CWA has created an industry job board. This new member resource allows current CWA members to submit their job postings at no cost. The job board webpage is open to the public and can be viewed by any visitor to the CWA’s website. In addition to the new job board, job postings will still be listed in their shortened form on the CWA’s monthly Lines Newsletter.

To view current job openings or to submit a posting, visit the page: http://www.climbingwallindustry.org/index.php/resource_center/jobs_new/

CWA Releases ClimbSmart!® Video

BOULDER, CO (October 3, 2013) – The Climbing Wall Association (CWA), the voice of the climbing wall industry, has announced the release of its expanded ClimbSmart!® public awareness campaign. Industry growth, new technology, and different types of climbing offered in modern facilities have led to the need for updated risk management resources.

Climbing Wall Association Launches Expanded Public Awareness Program
Addresses Auto Belays, Bouldering, and Belay Technique in Climbing Facilities

BOULDER, CO (October 3, 2013) – The Climbing Wall Association (CWA), the voice of the climbing wall industry, has announced the release of its expanded ClimbSmart!® public awareness campaign.  Industry growth, new technology, and different types of climbing offered in modern facilities have led to the need for updated risk management resources.

After several months of development, the program has been expanded from a single resource to include four posters and an introductory climber awareness video.  The four new posters address auto belay awareness, bouldering safety, belay technique, and a general warning. These new, targeted resources will provide coverage throughout climbing facilities. The video includes professional climbers Chris Sharma, Sasha DiGiulian, Paul Robinson, and Jason Kehl speaking about climber responsibility and the benefits of rock climbing.

“Given the industry’s recent growth and technological advances, we felt that it was necessary to provide updated resources that meet the changing needs of climbing facilities”, states Bill Zimmermann, CWA’s CEO.  “After extensive conversation with our Board of Directors and other industry experts, we are proud to present these resources the entire industry.”

The ClimbSmart!® program is a national public awareness campaign addressing the elements of risk in climbing sports, climber education, proper equipment use, and personal responsibility. ClimbSmart! is now maintained by the CWA.

The new ClimbSmart!® resources are available at the Climbing Wall Association’s website and are free to current CWA members.

About CWA
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the manufactured climbing wall industry and does the work no one else can do. Since 2003 the CWA has been protecting the industry from regulation, promoting sound risk management practices, and providing valuable benefits and services to the climbing community. www.climbingwallindustry.org

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Walltopia Extends Summit Sponsorship

Walltopia, a leader in international climbing wall design and construction, has partnered with the Climbing Wall Association as the Climbing Wall Summit’s Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year.

Walltopia Extends Climbing Wall Summit Title Sponsorship

Reasserts CWA Support and Industry Commitment for Second Consecutive Year

BOULDER, CO (9/17/2013) - Walltopia, a leader in international climbing wall design and construction, has partnered with the Climbing Wall Association as the Climbing Wall Summit’s Title Sponsor for the second consecutive year. The Summit is the climbing wall industry’s only professional development conference and draws nearly 400 attendees from across the globe.

“Walltopia has again reasserted their commitment to the CWA and to the success of this industry and its members,” stated CWA CEO Bill Zimmermann.  “Sponsors like Walltopia make it possible for us to provide these educational opportunities to our growing industry at a reduced cost.  We are looking forward to the 2014 Summit our best yet.”

The Climbing Wall Association is the trade association for the manufactured climbing wall industry and hosts the annual Summit.  2014 will be the 8th annual conference, bringing together climbing gym owners, equipment manufacturers, college and university employees, and municipal recreation employees, among others.

Walltopia was originally founded in Bulgaria by by Ivaylo Penchev and Metin Musov in 1996 and has produced some of the world’s finest artificial climbing walls.  With a strong presence in the US market, Walltopia has built some of the most impressive climbing gyms in North America, including Sender One, Stone Summit, Earth Treks Golden, Dogpatch Boulders, and more.  Walltopia’s innovative Collider Center headquarters will open soon in Sofia, Bulgaria.

About Climbing Wall Association
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the manufactured climbing wall industry and does the work no one else can do. Since 2003 the CWA has been protecting the industry from regulation, promoting sound risk management practices, and providing valuable benefits and services to the climbing community. 

For more information about the CWA or the Climbing Wall Summit, visit www.climbingwallindustry.org


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Movement Denver Seeks Managing Director

Movement Climbing + Fitness is opening its second location in the bustling central area of Denver, CO and is interested in hiring a highly motivated and dedicated individual as the Managing Director for the facility. This individual is the lead staff member of the facility and will be part of a passionate team of community‐oriented climbing and fitness enthusiasts that work in an environmentally‐conscious, purpose‐built facility. All members of the staff will be experts in their respective fields, work well with a team, and will be committed to making Movement Climbing + Fitness the leader in its industry.

MOVEMENT CLIMBING + FITNESS: DENVER
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Movement Climbing + Fitness is opening its second location in the bustling central area of Denver,
CO and is interested in hiring a highly motivated and dedicated individual as the Managing Director
for the facility.

This individual is the lead staff member of the facility and will be part of a passionate team of
community‐oriented climbing and fitness enthusiasts that work in an environmentally‐conscious,
purpose‐built facility. All members of the staff will be experts in their respective fields, work well
with a team, and will be committed to making Movement Climbing + Fitness the leader in its
industry.

Brief Description of Position
As the Managing Director at Movement Climbing + Fitness, you will be charged with overseeing all
other Directors and Departments, in addition to financial and strategic planning.
The Managing Director is responsible for oversight of all daily operations and works very closely
with the General Manager. The General Manager oversees both the Boulder and Denver locations,
so the Managing Director is the lead staff member in Denver.

The position of Managing Director requires proficiency in Excel, database management, and
familiarity with point of sale systems – specifically Rock Gym Pro. This person must also be highly
organized and prepared to present quarterly updates to the Management Team. The position also
requires a financial background for creating and managing budgets and a basic understanding of
financial reporting. Ideally, this candidate will also have experience with Wordpress, Adobe
Illustrator, PhotoShop, Constant Contact and social media. The right candidate for this position is an
upbeat, self‐motivated, reliable and hard‐working individual that is eager to be part of a cuttingedge
team.

Specific Time Commitments and Compensation
This is a full‐time job with flexible hours, though the expectation is that the candidate will work
regular hours in addition to times when assistance is needed by Directors or other staff. As a start
up, this candidate can expect the first six months to be rigorous and the right candidate will have a
desire to step up to the plate whenever needed. In addition, a key element for the Managing
Director is understanding the member and guest experience, so this person will spend a great deal
of time with members and guests in classes, climbing, at the front desk and in daily interaction.
This is a salaried position that provides competitive compensation that is commensurate with
experience.

If you have questions, are interested, or would like to see a full Job Responsibilities Outline, please
contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We are accepting resumes and will begin the interview process by November 1st, 2013.

Alpine Near-Miss App Launches

The Alpine Near-Miss Survey is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit project headquartered in Ouray, Colorado. The Survey collects, analyzes, shares and distributes anonymous information about accidents and near-misses that occur in the alpine environment.

The Alpine Near-Miss Survey is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit project headquartered in Ouray, Colorado. The Survey anonymous collects, analyzes, shares and distributes anonymous information about accidents and near-misses that occur in the alpine environment. These near-misses happen during recreational climbing and professional and volunteer rescue missions, and provide valuable insight into the causes of harmful accidents. The Survey is free and open to the public and researchers to inform and improve our enjoyment of the mountains!

The first 100 submissions are entered to win $1,000 of Petzl gear.

http://www.alpinenearmiss.org/

Adventure equipment manufacturer announces new name, CEO

The Boulder, CO – based manufacturer of the award-winning TRUBLUE Auto Belay and zipSTOP Zip Line Brake announces the launch of its new company name, Head Rush Technologies.

The Boulder, CO – based manufacturer of the award-winning TRUBLUE Auto Belay and zipSTOP Zip Line Brake announces the launch of its new company name, Head Rush Technologies.  Formerly known as TRUBLUE LLC, the innovative adventure recreation equipment company is changing the name to Head Rush Technologies to reflect its growing breadth and depth of products.  Head Rush Technologies will continue to sell its products directly through its sales team and website, online store, and through its global network of distributors.  Its sister company, Eldorado Wall Company, will continue to operate separately under the Eldorado Climbing Walls brand.

“After much success with our TRUBLUE Auto Belay and zipSTOP Zip Line Brake products, we are excited to be entering this new phase of growth as Head Rush Technologies,” said Founder and President, John McGowan.

In addition to its new name, Head Rush Technologies announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Candie Fisher.  Ms. Fisher has been with the company since its inception with the launch of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay in 2009 and was most recently its Vice President of Marketing, responsible for sales, marketing and distribution.  With over 18 years of experience in sales, marketing and management, and an MBA in Marketing and Finance, Ms. Fisher will lead the company into its next phase of growth and innovation.

“Candie has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills and an interest in all facets of our business.  Candie is not only capable, but driven and extremely motivated to help Head Rush Technologies reach its potential,” said Mr. McGowan.  As Founder and President, Mr. McGowan will remain involved in the company and continue to drive its product development initiatives.

“I am thrilled to be taking on an expanded leadership role with Head Rush Technologies,” said Candie Fisher.  “My co-workers and I are poised to continue the growth of our company as the leading innovator of adventure equipment.”

Head Rush Technologies plans to release several new products through the end of 2013 and early 2014, including the TRUBLUE XL Long Line Auto Belay and the quickJump Free Fall Device.  The company will continue to regularly release new products both within existing product lines and new product lines as it continues its role as an innovator and industry leader.

CWA Partners with Access Fund

The Climbing Wall Association (CWA), the voice of the climbing wall industry, is pleased to announce an upcoming partnership with the Access Fund. This fall, the CWA will present on transitioning climber education as a part of the Access Fund’s Educate for Access Summit.

Climbing Wall Association Partners with Access Fund
Gunks Summit to address transitioning climber education

BOULDER, CO (August 15, 2013) – The Climbing Wall Association (CWA), the voice of the climbing wall industry, is pleased to announce an upcoming partnership with the Access Fund.  This fall, the CWA will present on transitioning climber education as a part of the Access Fund’s Educate for Access Summit.

The Access Fund has invited climbing leaders and advocates to the Gunks of New York to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing our sport today: educating climbers who are transitioning from indoor to outdoor climbing. The growth of climbing has led to growing impacts to access, the environment, and user experience. Summit attendees will discuss and formulate strategies for educational outreach to lessen these impacts to our climbing areas.

“We are excited to be a part of this event and to partner with other like-minded organizations like the Access Fund”, states Bill Zimmermann, CWA’s CEO.  “The growth of climbing has led to easy access and more users.  This is a very positive development, but must be managed appropriately to ensure the future success both indoor and outdoor climbing.  Through this Summit, we hope to create long-standing solutions to these current obstacles.”

The educational summit will he held from October 31 – November 2 and will include around 50 climbing and land access leaders. 

About the Access Fund
The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering.

About CWA
The Climbing Wall Association is the voice of the manufactured climbing wall industry and does the work no one else can do. Since 2003 the CWA has been protecting the industry from regulation, promoting sound risk management practices, and providing valuable benefits and services to the climbing community. www.climbingwallindustry.org

MORRISVILLE INDOOR CLIMBING GYM WILL OPEN A NEW FACILITY IN NORTH RALEIGH

Triangle Rock Club (TRC) is opening a second indoor climbing facility located in North Raleigh. Thanks to the tremendous growth since opening the Morrisville location in December of 2007, Managing Partners Andrew Kratz, Luis Jaurengui, and Joel Graybeal are ready for their next challenge.

For more information, contact:
Joel Graybeal, Managing Partner
Triangle Rock Club
102 Pheasant Wood Ct. • Morrisville, NC 27560
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MORRISVILLE, July 2, 2013 - Triangle Rock Club (TRC), an indoor rock climbing gym and fitness center located off
Morrisville Parkway, is opening a second indoor climbing facility located in North Raleigh. Thanks to
the tremendous growth since opening the Morrisville location in December of 2007, Managing Partners
Andrew Kratz, Luis Jauregui, and Joel Graybeal are ready for their next challenge.

“We understand our customers are only willing to drive a certain distance to work out at the gym, climb,
take an instructional class, or drop their children off at a climbing camp. We are comprehensively serving
the Morrisville/Cary area, but feel there is a distinct need in North Raleigh for another TRC facility” said
Graybeal.

In addition, TRC is presently expanding their state-of-the-art facility in Morrisville. When complete the
expansion will nearly triple the amount of climbing terrain available. With over 24,000 square feet of
terrain and 100 climbing lanes with heights up to 50’, the Morrisville facility will be the largest and tallest
indoor climbing gym in a five-state region.

TRC’s new facility in North Raleigh will be similarly impressive, boasting 13,500 sq. ft of climbing area, a
30 ft. tall free-standing climbing pillar, and over 74 climbing lanes. The new facility will be conveniently
located at 6022 Duraleigh Road, near the corner of Duraleigh and US-70/Glenwood Avenue.

Managing Partners Kratz and Jauregui developed their love of climbing during their years in the Marine
Corps and wanted to share it with their communities. According to Kratz, “It’s very rewarding for us to
build facilities that accommodate climbers of all skill levels and ages. It makes the sport very accessible
to almost everyone.”

The diversity of programs offered at TRC give visitors a number of ways to familiarize themselves with
climbing, from day-passes and climbing gym memberships or summer and track-out climbing camps,
to individual and group climbing instruction, climbing birthday parties, overnight lock-ins, and teambuilding
events. TRC’s sister company, Triangle Rock Guides, offers guided outdoor climbing trips in
North Carolina and around the country, as well.

“TRC’s growth is thanks to the growth in the local climbing community,” Graybeal said. “TRC has
become a true community venue in Morrisville; from organized Meet Up group events to our nationally-
ranked Junior Climbing Team. We plan to offer the same opportunities to North Raleigh residents, so
they too can experience the benefits and enjoyment of climbing. We hope to help the region’s climbing
community continue to grow.”

Harvey Schmitt, President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, added, “The growth
in climbing for sport and recreation has exploded in recent years and we are excited to have Triangle
Rock Club open a premier facility in Raleigh. TRC also has a strong focus on civic engagement and will
be an excellent addition to our business community.”

Triangle Rock Club currently holds the 2013 Small Business of the Year award from the Morrisville
Chamber of Commerce, was voted Best Place to Take Kids on a Rainy Day in 2012 and 2011 by Cary
News, voted Best Climbing Gym in NC by Endurance Magazine in 2010, and received a 2013 Pinnacle
Award from the Greater Raleigh Chamber in May 2013.

The North Raleigh facility is already under construction and should open by September 1, 2013.
Graybeal added, “Now that we have secured our second site location in the Raleigh-Durham market, we
are moving quickly on a third site to better-serve the Durham/Chapel Hill area. We are also planning to
open up additional locations in Charlotte and the Triad.”

For more information about Triangle Rock Club, visit TriangleRockClub.com or call 919-463-ROCK(7625).

Eldorado Debuts New Rock Climbing Wall System at Climbing Wall Summit

BOULDER, Colorado (May 31, 2013) – Eldorado Climbing Walls, the expert in rock climbing wall design and construction, is proud to announce they will be debuting their newest product, USA Wall, at this year’s Climbing Wall Summit here in Boulder, Colorado.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Candie Fisher, VP Marketing
303-447-0512
www.eldowalls.com


Eldorado Debuts New Rock Climbing Wall System at Climbing Wall Summit
USA Wall is Ultra, Simple, and Affordable


BOULDER, Colorado (May 31, 2013) – Eldorado Climbing Walls, the expert in rock climbing wall design and construction, is proud to announce they will be debuting their newest product, USA Wall, at this year’s Climbing Wall Summit here in Boulder, Colorado. A Lead Sponsor of the conference, Eldorado is excited to introduce an economical, American-made wall option. An acronym for Ultra, Simple, and Affordable, the USA Wall is the newest in the climbing wall supplier’s product line, and provides climbing wall operators with an economical alternative to the premium seamless High Performance System.

“Our High Performance climbing walls have withstood the test of time,” says CEO Jerad Wells. “They’ve been very popular with our clients and their climbers. We’re excited to now be able to offer the seamed, affordable USA Wall as an economical option in our product line.”

USA Wall is a modular seamed system of epoxy-based texture applied over ¾ inch plywood panels. Thanks to its steel framing system, the modular panels are quick and easy to install and can be replaced as needed. Climbing wall design options for USA Wall are limitless and the panels are available in a wide range of colors, allowing a system design that best meets the needs of any facility and its climbers.


About Eldorado Climbing Walls

Since 1994, Eldorado Climbing Walls has created the finest rock climbing walls in the industry.  As the largest US-owned climbing wall manufacturer, our experience and expertise are second to none.  We work with clients of all sizes to create a wall that is visually stunning, offers exceptional climbing and complements the architecture and traffic flow of their facility.  We offer turnkey climbing wall systems to meet any need.  If you can dream it, we can build it.  www.eldowalls.com

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Nicros Receives Patent for an Auto Belay Safety System™ used on Climbing Walls

Nicros is proud to receive a patent on the new Auto Belay Safety System™ (A.B.S.S.™ - Patent Number 8,408,360). This important device provides climbers, climbing wall owners and climbing wall operators a warning for users forgetting to attach to the Auto Belay devices on a climbing wall.

Nicros Receives Patent for an Auto Belay Safety System™ used on Climbing Walls

Saint Paul, MN – May 27, 2013 – Nicros is proud to receive a patent on the new Auto Belay Safety System™ (A.B.S.S.™ - Patent Number 8,408,360). This important device provides climbers, climbing wall owners and climbing wall operators a warning for users forgetting to attach to the Auto Belay devices on a climbing wall.
This innovative product uses sensors to determine if a climber is on the wall climbing and has forgotten to “clip in”. In the event this occurs, an audible alarm will sound and a light will change color alerting the climber as well as facility staff that an unsafe condition may be present. This ability to provide an advance warning to climbers and staff is crucial in helping to reduce accidents and can also be used as a proximity device for climbing walls that are closed to users.

Nicros has been on the forefront of climbing wall innovation for many years, receiving patents including Extreme Hold Technology™ (Patent Number 7,524,269) and FrameFree™ Technology (Patent Number 7,572,207 B2). These patents along with several other innovations since the start of business in 1992, such as Diff-Tex™ holds, Versa-Center™ sleeves, and A.R.T. Wall™ makes it clear that Nicros is an important leader in the sport climbing industry.

For additional information and specifications on the Auto Belay Safety System™ (A.B.S.S. ™), please contact a Nicros sales representative at 800-699-1975.

Nicros, Inc.
845 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55106
(651) 778-1975

Contact:
Michael Moore, Sales
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CWA Releases Two New Publications

BOULDER, CO (3/2/2013) - The Climbing Wall Association, the trade organization for the climbing wall industry, is pleased to announce the release of two new industry publications. The publications address successful business planning and the development of visitor's agreements, respectively.

Contact:
Drew Eakins
Membership Marketing Manager
Climbing Wall Association
Phone: (720) 838-8284
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CWA RELEASES TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS
Climbing Facility Business Planning, First Edition
Guide to Visitor Agreements, First Edition

BOULDER, CO (3/2/2013) - The Climbing Wall Association, the trade organization for the climbing wall industry, is pleased to announce the release of two new industry publications. The publications address successful business planning and the development of visitor’s agreements, respectively. 

The first publication, “CWA Climbing Gym Business Plan Creation, First Edition”, addresses the necessary business and financial planning needed to open or expand a climbing gym. Authored by Bob Richards of Open Water Ventures, the publication outlines each part of the business planning document for climbing gym owners. 

The second publication, “A Guide to Visitor Agreements”, addresses the concepts of negligence, duty of care, the elements of these agreements, and the protections these agreements can afford climbing facilities. Written by attorney Reb Gregg, the guide provides a framework for climbing wall owners and managers seeking to create or improve their visitor agreements.

“The CWA is very happy to be offering these two important publications”  stated CEO Bill Zimmermann.  “We hope that our members will find them to be a valuable asset. With the growth of the climbing industry, we feel it necessary to provide resources to help prospective gym owners successfully navigate the business planning process in a cost effective way. We also feel that Visitor Agreements are a vital part of the risk management equation for climbing operations and should be reviewed from time to time. The Guide to Visitor Agreements will help in that process.”

These publications are designed as a complement to existing CWA publications and can be purchased on the CWA website HERE.  The CWA would like to thank both authors for their time and dedication to these products.

About Climbing Wall Association

The Climbing Wall Association is the only trade association addressing the needs and interests of the climbing wall industry. We serve climbing gyms, climbing wall operators, climbing wall manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, consultants and others involved in the climbing industry. The CWA provides trade association services to over 400 companies in the climbing industry. The mission of the Climbing Wall Association is to support the growth, health, independence and professionalism of the climbing wall industry.
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Climbing Wall Summit Registration is OPEN!

Registration for the 2013 Climbing Wall Summit is now open! Join over 400 industry experts May 30 - June 1 for the industry's premier gathering. Attendees will leave the Summit informed, refreshed, and ready to take their businesses to the next level.

What’s new at the 2013 Summit?

Why should I attend?

How do I register?

Click Here to Register Now!

Members receive $100 off with a member number. 

Why is the Summit important?


The goal of the CWA is to foster the growth, health, independence, and professionalism of our industry and the Summit is the cornerstone of these efforts. As a unified and informed industry, we can avoid burdensome and expensive outside regulation. You can join this movement by becoming a CWA member and attending the Summit. Together we’re stronger.

For more information, visit the Summit website.

Walltopia Signs on as Title Sponsor for 2013 Climbing Wall Summit

BOULDER, CO (1/30/2012) - Walltopia, an international leader in climbing wall construction, has partnered with the Climbing Wall Association as the first ever Title Sponsor at this year’s Climbing Wall Summit. The Climbing Wall Summit is the climbing wall industry’s only professional development conference, providing the climbing wall industry with its most comprehensive training and professional development event each year.

BOULDER, CO (1/30/2012) - Walltopia, an international leader in climbing wall construction, has partnered with the Climbing Wall Association as the first ever Title Sponsor at this year’s Climbing Wall Summit. The Climbing Wall Summit is the climbing wall industry’s only professional development conference, providing the climbing wall industry with its most comprehensive training and professional development event each year.

The 2013 Summit will be the 7th successful conference the CWA has organized, bringing together climbing gym owners, equipment manufacturers, college and university employees, municipal recreation employees, and many others.

“CWA is proud to have Walltopia as the Title Sponsor for this year’s conference. Their unprecedented support displays a strong commitment to the further success of our industry and our sport,” stated CWA CEO Bill Zimmermann. “Summit sponsors make it possible for CWA to provide these valuable educational opportunities and promote professional development within the industry.”

Walltopia has produced some of the finest quality artificial climbing walls around the globe. Originally founded in Bulgaria, Walltopia’s innovative structures have made the company a strong presence in the US market. Walltopia has built some of the largest commercial climbing gyms in North America, with facilities reaching 30,000 square feet. Innovation is the driving force at Walltopia. With the development of new industry processes and products like Flat Underhold technology, triangle-based walls, ultra-realistic Rocktopia, 3D Curves, prefabrication, and the transformable wall technology, Walltopia remains at the cutting edge of the climbing industry. Walltopia provides a complete climbing wall service including design, production, and installation.

To find out more about the Climbing Wall Summit, click here.
For more information about Walltopia, click here.

2013 Summit Pre-Confernece Workshops Selected

Ten pre-conference workshops selected for the seventh annual Climbing Wall Summit May 30 June 1, 2013. Learn more about the offerings here.

2013 Summit Pre-Confernece Workshops Selected

The seventh annual Climbing Wall Summit returns to the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus May 30 June 1, 2013. Join climbing sports leaders, faculty, manufacturers, climbing wall owners, managers, and staff for the industry’s only professional development conference and exhibition. Pre-Conference Workshops at the 2013 Climbing Wall Summit provide opportunity to get hands-on with leading professionals and gain deeper understanding of topics critical to climbing facilities.

We’ve selected 10 great in-depth workshops for 2013 including five new workshops: Paradox Sports Adaptive Climbing Clinic, Autobelay Rescue Technique, A College and University Forum, Stay on the Wall and Out of the Courthouse: Understanding Your Duty of Care, Planning for Program Success. We have also brought back our most popular workshops including: Climbing Wall Instructor Certification, CWI Certification Provider Course, Vertical Rope Access Techniques for Route Setters, Business Development Climbing Gym Start-up and Expansion, and The Art of Falling – A Bouldering Gymnastic Fall Technique Workshop.


Register for the Summit early to save $100. CWA members receive an additional discount. Pre-Conference Workshops are available only with Summit Registration. Prices and secure online registration via the web site soon.

To learn more about pre-conference workshops go here.

Massachusetts Public Hearing Notice

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety has released a notice of public hearing that will be held on November 28th, 2012 at 10 a.m. at One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA concerning a new law.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety has released a notice of public hearing that will be held on November 28th, 2012 at 10 a.m. at One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA concerning a new law. that allows the Department to assess monetary fines for violations of certain statutes and regulations related to amusements as an alternative to initiating criminal proceedings. Climbing walls are currently regulated as amusements in Massachusetts. The Department has drafted new regulations, 520 CMR 1,  that establish issuance of these fines by Department personnel. The CWA will have a representative at the hearing.

Colorado Regulatory Changes

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Division of Oil and Public Safety plans to propose changes to the current regulations for Amusement Rides and Devices.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), Division of Oil and Public Safety plans to propose changes to the current regulations for Amusement Rides and Devices. A link to the summary of proposed changes is posted on the CDLE web site here. If you would like to review the current regulations you can find a link here. A hearing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday October 25, 2012 at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 633 17th St. Room 2A Denver, CO 80202 to discuss the proposed changes. CWA will have a representative at the hearing.

First Braking Devices Receive UIAA Safety Label

The UIAA Safety Commission adopted its first-ever safety standard for braking devices which went into effect July 1st, 2011. The standard lays out performance parameters and testing procedures for four kinds of belaying and abseiling devices: manual, locking-assisted, abseiling devices and abseiling devices with a panic function. Manufacturers meeting the standard will be able to display the UIAA Safety Label on their braking devices.

The requirements set forth in the standard are based on the forces that can develop during fall arrest with the use of dynamic ropes. Requirements vary according to device classification, which includes manual devices (i.e. tube or plate devices), locking assist devices (Gri-Gri®) and devices with a panic function (Eddy®). All classifications require a strength test to demonstrate that neither the device nor the rope are compromised during braking, and both the locking assist and panic function devices must also be tested for rope slippage.

Petzl’s GriGri2 and four pieces of equipment from Black Diamond have become the first braking devices to be certified by the UIAA and can now bear the UIAA Safety Label. The Black Diamond devices are: ATC, ATC-Guide, ATC-XP, ATC-Sport. Other belay/rappel devices are in the process of being tested for compliance with this standard.

Organizations that require the UIAA safety label for climbing equipment,  can use the UIAA certified equipment web search function to determine which belay/rappel devices have valid safety labels. More information www.theuiaa.org/news_174_First-ever-safety-standard-for-braking-devices.

New CWA Member Insurance Program: Participant Accident Medical Insurance

Uninsured climbers may look to you if hurt in your facility regardless of their expertise, prior experience, or any agreement you might have in place with them. Climbing wall operators should be concerned not only with liability insurance, but also with the quality of the medical coverage of your patrons.

Consider purchasing Accident Medical Insurance to cover participant injuries. Accident medical insurance, unlike liability insurance, is payable without regard to fault and is intended to “make whole” the participant for out of pocket medical costs in the event of an accident. Liability insurance provides relief to the injured person only if you were somehow responsible for the incident.

The participant accident medical insurance is available only to current members of the CWA as a member benefit through Stratus Insurance Services. The primary insurer for the program is National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh PA; a member of American International Group, an A rated company.

Insurance rates with the new carrier have been reduced by nearly half, making the coverage even more affordable. Contact Cameron Allen at Stratus for more information or get an application form (www.climbingwallindustry.org/insurance.php)

Regulatory Assault Targets Colorado Climbing Gyms

Initially targeting facilities with auto belay devices, the Department of Labor eventually approached over 75 businesses regarding amusement licensure. Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Oil and Public Safety attempted to regulate recreational climbing facilities in Colorado. The facilities approached were commercial climbing gyms, including a prominent gym in Boulder.

The CWA worked closely with affected members in a two-pronged effort to deflect this regulatory assault. The CWA directed its efforts to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office while members directed their efforts to the Department of Labor. CWA secured a meeting with both agencies. We communicated our position that regulating a climbing gym or a climbing wall in a recreational or educational setting as an amusement ride or device is inappropriate for a number of reasons and probably illegal.

In several states, attempts to regulate recreational sports facilities as amusement rides have largely failed, thanks to the CWA and our active intervention. Administrative findings and trials in states such as New Jersey have established that the application of amusement licensing statutes to non-amusement settings is inappropriate at best and unlawful at worst (see H&S Development Corp. d/b/a New Jersey Rock Gym, v. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Susan Bass Levin, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County: Law Division, Docket No.: ESX-L-0879-05, Decided December 7, 2006).

The Department of Labor initiated a rule-making process to better define the scope of amusement regulation in the state. CWA staff remained engaged to provide oral and written testimony throughout the process. Emergency regulations were issued in January, a final hearing was conducted in February, the rule-making process was concluded in March and revised regulations took effect in May.

CWA was successful in helping to narrow the definition of regulated climbing walls to:

"Regulated climbing walls include climbing walls located in amusement settings and fixed or portable climbing walls for use by the general public as amusement devices and not for sport or fitness training."

We successfully provided language exempting recreational climbing facilities as part of the regulation:

"Climbing walls used for sport and fitness training, typically located in educational facilities, schools, gymnasiums, sport and recreational facilities, or other facilities devoted to sport and recreational climbing, training and instruction."

Special thanks to board member Robert Angell for his expert assistance in this process. Thanks also to the Colorado members who participated by alerting us, coordinating intervention efforts, and supporting the CWA.

Climbing Gyms Avert Amusement Legislation in Tennessee

Proposed legislation placed commercial climbing gyms under the stringent regulatory framework for amusements. Thanks to a heads-up from Lance Brock at Climb Nashville, CWA was able to help protect climbing facilities from Tennessee House Bill 0039 (Montgomery) and Tennessee Senate Bill 0075 (Overbey) were introduced to address safety concerns related to climbing.

As introduced, the bills would have added climbing walls to the definitions of amusement devices subject to inspection and review by the elevator and amusement device safety board. The bill would have also removed exemptions for some previously exempted activities.

The proposed law would have established as an “amusement device” any mechanical or structural device that permitted a person to walk along, around or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of amusement, pleasure, thrills or excitement, including a climbing wall. This definition is vague to the extent that it could have been interpreted to include recreational climbing walls and gyms.

The State’s fiscal summary indicated that the licensing and inspection effort would have increased State revenue by $87,300 annually with a one-time expenditure of $20,000 and $46,300 in recurring expenses netting the State $21,000 in the first year and $41,000 in subsequent years. We have noticed that as states’ tax revenues decline, agencies are finding creative ways to increase fee revenue.

CWA promptly registered as a lobbying organization, hired a lobbyist and successfully persuaded the bills’ sponsors to withdraw support for the proposed legislation.

Certification Program Launched for Climbing Wall Instructors

The curriculum is based on the CWA's Industry Practices and the performance-based certification standards. These documents outline the basic practices by which most climbing walls operate and minimum technical skills for instructional staff.

The goal of the certification program is to establish to a voluntary set of standards for technical skills and instruction and to train instructors worldwide. The certification standards represent a consensus view of the minimum qualifications necessary for climbing wall instructors. In the hope of providing access to the greatest number of instructors possible, the program will not require certificants to maintain individual memberships in the trade association. The program was designed to be integrated into existing staff training programs and is cost effective.

By establishing a common baseline for training, performance and evaluation the industry can better manage the risks inherent in the sport and provide the most consistent service to its customers. A common standard of training will enhance the credibility, image and prestige of participating climbing facilities and help defend the climbing wall industry from ever increasing regulatory activity.

The program will be delivered through a network of member program providers. The program will be introduced at the Climbing Wall Summit by several CWA member providers who are some of the most experienced instructors and gym industry professionals in the country. By having providers distributed geographically around the world at CWA member facilities, the program should be easily accessible.

Programs will be offered at the request of any climbing facility, university or fitness center at their location, or at pre-scheduled and advertised dates at the host facilities of any of the program providers. A schedule of courses will be maintained on the CWA web site.

The program officially launch at the Climbing Wall Summit May 12-15, 2011 in Boulder Colorado with courses taught by staff of Vertical Endeavors.

For more information about the CWA’s certification program please visit: /www.climbingwallindustry.org/certification.php.