Climbing Wall Association announces new training certification

Indoor climbing wall

Climb on. And on.

Indoor climbing is huge. In fact, it’s quite common to find gym members who have held cards for years and never been on belay on real rock. And that’s fine. It’s a great sport and gets a lot of people off of the couch.

Because of the intense growth and success of indoor climbing gyms around the country, the Climbing Wall Association has announced a new certification program to formally educate aspiring gym managers and instructors. The press release says this:

“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.”

Read the rest of it here.

The Carolina Climbers Coalition almost half way to fundraising summit for Rumbling Bald Project. They still need help.

The Carolina Climbers Coalition secured in 2010 a six-acre tract of land in an effort to gain control and protect one of the southeast’s preeminent bouldering fields, the Rumbling Bald Boulders. Now part of Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, Rumbling Bald is perhaps North Carolina’s best Winter climbing destination. However, much of the region remains unprotected and the purchase of the Boulders was a terrific benchmark for the regional climbing community.

Since most true climbers don’t spend their weeks managing hedge funds, a financial belay is needed to pay back the loan granted by The Access Fund to secure the fields. The above video discusses the CCC’s efforts and this video from The Access Fund shows the CCC volunteer crews hard at work on trail building, tree clearing and boulder preservation.

Coming up on 2011, the CCC has 43 percent of the required funds. You can donate here.