Earlier this week, the Climbing Wall Association announced the release of their ClimbSmart® Resources, an expansion on their existing ClimbSmart® Public Awareness Campaign. The addition of new resources to the existing ClimbSmart® program is a response to the growth of the climbing industry, the introduction of new technologies, and the different types of climbing wall designs that are now offered in climbing gyms.
Head Rush Technologies, maker of the TRUBLUE Auto Belay, is proud to be a sponsor of the ClimbSmart® campaign. The TRUBLUE Auto Belay, the market leader among auto belays, appears as the key image on the Auto Belay Awareness poster.
As a leader in the industry, Eldorado Climbing Walls, sister company to Head Rush Technologies, is also a key sponsor of the ClimbSmart® program, and two of their climbing wall designs can be seen on ClimbSmart® posters. The Belay Technique poster features the School of Mines climbing wall, and the Auto Belay Safety poster features the Santa Barbara Rock Club.
Originally just a single resource, the new ClimbSmart® program now includes posters and awareness videos. The posters address auto belay awareness, boulder safety, belay technique, and a general warning poster about the risks associated with climbing.
The end goal of this program is to provide education and bring attention to the risk involved in climbing sports, proper equipment use, and personal responsibility. The four points that the CWA wishes to drive home, what they are calling their “Four Point Universal Warning”, include:
- Climbing is Inherently Dangerous
- Qualified Instruction is required
- Use Equipment According to the Manufacturer’s Instructions
- Your Safety is Your Responsibility
The CWA plans to continue growing this program by providing more resources for gyms, such as stickers, brochures, and other collateral, as well as by keeping their website up to date with new and relevant information. They also will be hosting ClimbSmart® events and forums, such as product demonstrations, gear clinics, slideshows, and educational seminars.
To learn more about the posters for your climbing gym, visit the Climbing Wall Association website.