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Adventure Rock Opening 2nd Location

There are a lot of new gyms opening around the country these days, but the announcement this week that my home gym, Adventure Rock, is opening a 2nd location later this year was really exciting to finally see:

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.

I can’t wait to check it out!

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More Details On Death Of Mark Hesse

Longtime climber and conservationist Mark Hesse died while climbing at the Boulder Rock Club this past January, but until this week it was unclear what actually caused his death.  While it is still not entirely clear what happened since nobody witnessed the accident, this article in the Boulder Camera seems to indicate this may have been another instance where a climber thought they were clipped into an auto belay system when in fact they were not:

The climber who was found in January after falling at the Boulder Rock Club died from blunt trauma, not a medical problem, officials said, and the popular climbing gym has since started using a new belay device to improve safety.

If that is what happened, this is the 2nd such incident to happen in the past 6 months.

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The Hidden Industry Of Hold Manufacturing

Interesting piece in Climbing Business Journal about the industry behind many of the holds we pull down on in gyms around the country:

For some hold companies, there seems to be no upside in disclosing that they no longer manufacture their holds in-house. The climbing industry has embraced the romantic image of the passionate climber shaping and pouring holds in their garage. But to succeed in today’s crowded marketplace, hold companies need professional production facilities that can fulfill modern expectations of quality, consistency, durability and efficiency, while providing a safe environment for the employees that are being exposed to urethane fumes and sanding particulates on a daily basis.

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Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2014 Climbing Report

On a more serious Outdoor Retailer note, Splitter Choss has their usual lowdown on a few of the new items shown off during the recent Outdoor Retailer Winter Market including a new line of crashpads from Petzl:

Petzl has a new crashpad, the Alto. In typical Petzl fashion, it’s tricked out to the nines. First up, the pad is zipped up on three sides, which means any gear you put in it cannot fall out. Then, when you unzip it, the cover then flips over to the side with straps, and seals them inside so they don’t get dirty. You then throw the pad down, straps up, which allows it to lie flatter. Also, several velcro straps make it easy to covert to a chair, which everyone does with crash pads anyway. There are two sizes, retail currently stands at $280 and $399, though they are working on bringing those down by the time the pads launch in the fall.

The prices seem high and zippers seem like more of a pain than they’re worth on a pad, so it will be interesting to see how these pads perform once they’re released.

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The Death Of Plaid?

Dark times:

For the past three Outdoor Retailer shows, I’ve blogged about the longstanding prevalence of plaid shirts in the outdoor industry. This year, I was burned out; I didn’t want to talk about plaid any more. But as I walked the red-carpeted runways of the show last week, I realized I wasn’t alone—lots of people have had their fill of plaid and are ready for a change.

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Is Your Gym Guilty Of Music Piracy?

Interesting:

At this very moment, climbing gyms across America are pumping pop, rock, reggae and other background music into their facilities to entertain customers while they climb or work out. Whether the music came from CDs or MP3s, satellite radio or streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify — or whatever other music service their hip, young staff have discovered — chances are the music being played is in violation of federal law.

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