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The mission of the Climbing Wall Association is to support the growth, health, independence and professionalism of the climbing wall industry.

Statement of Inclusion

The Climbing Wall Association is strongly committed to making the sport of climbing accessible to all people, including underserved communities subject to discrimination, harassment, or exclusion. We believe the sport of climbing is a powerful tool in creating community, and indoor climbing events have the opportunity to provide healthy, purposeful, and inclusive spaces for all people.

We celebrate all people and are excited to grow our climbing community.

  • We welcome all individuals with an interest in the indoor climbing industry to become members of the CWA.
  • We encourage session proposals and participation from all individuals to the CWA Summit and future CWA events.
  • We are committed to providing diverse programming to our conference attendees.
  • We are passionate about sharing stories from perspectives that often go unheard.


The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) was originally organized as a part of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America, now the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). After an OIA reorganization the Climbing Wall Association was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(06) in May of 2003 by founding board members Bob Richards, Rich Johnston, and Nate Postma.


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 CWA works diligently to develop and maintain standards for the industry, represents member interests in regulatory and legislative processes, sponsors professional development, training and certification programs, provides support services and benefits to companies in the industry, and promotes the sport of climbing to increase market size and improve market climate.

The CWA provides benefits for climbers of any age getting out onto a climbing wall, from first time climbers who are looking for competent instruction and a good place to climb to professionals who want to make climbing their career. CWA is a resource for the whole climbing community.

Make a difference in the future of climbing, join the CWA today!

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