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In addition to the creation and publication of industry standards, the CWA produces other publications based around starting a climbing gym, operating a climbing wall, and risk management of climbing facilities.  CWA’s current publications include:


Industry Practices: A Sourcebook for the Operation of Manufactured Climbing Walls, Third Edition
CWA Guide to Visitor Agreements, First Edition
CWA Climbing Gym Business Plan Creation, First Edition
The CWA Guide to Climbing

ClimbSmart!™ Program

The ClimbSmart!™ program is a national public awareness campaign addressing the elements of risk in climbing sports, climbers’ safety, and personal responsibility.  Created by ORCA in 1993, the program is now maintained by CWA.  The ClimbSmart!™ program was developed around a four point universal warning system for climbing sports and distributes educational materials in various formats such as posters, stickers, and brochures. The general warning poster addresses inherent risks in climbing, qualified instruction, and personal responsibility for safety in a climbing facility.

To learn more about ClimbSmart!™, click here.

To order your ClimbSmart!™ posters, click here.