Climbing Gyms

The Effects of a New Climbing Gym

by Tom Markiewicz on September 2, 2009

By now many of you have heard about the new climbing gym that opened in Boulder called Movement. What makes this interesting is Boulder, a city of about 100,000, now has four climbing gyms (Boulder Rock Club (BRC), The Spot, CATS, and Movement). While the concentration of climbers in Boulder is obviously quite high, I’ve […] Asks Who has the Best Home Gym in the World?

by Tom Markiewicz on May 30, 2009

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your home climbing wall, take a look at this thread on titled “Who has the best home gym in the world?” There are some amazing photos of climbers’ home gyms in this very long thread. If I ever get around to putting up a wall in my […]

Construction of a Climbing Gym

by Tom Markiewicz on May 14, 2009

I’m not sure how many climbing gyms one town needs, but Boulder is closing in on getting its fourth gym called Movement. For a city with a population of roughly 90,000, this seems like a lot even for Boulder’s high concentration of climbers. Regardless, I’m more than happy to have additional choices. The Movement gym’s […]

Climbing Hold Reviews

by Tom Markiewicz on January 20, 2009

If you have your own home climbing wall or run a climbing gym, you should definitely take a look at the Climbing Hold Review blog. I recently stumbled on this site and was impressed by the depth of each review. Each has a video of their hold testing along with suggested uses for your climbing […]

Another climbing gym in Boulder?

by Tom Markiewicz on April 9, 2008

The ClimbingNarc reports that a new climbing gym is coming to Boulder. Why is this news? There’s already three good sized gyms in Boulder already. But as I found out in my trip to Boulder a couple weeks ago, everyone you meet there is a climber. I’d love to see actual numbers on what percentage […]

How to stop climbers from using bolt holes as mono pockets

by Tom Markiewicz on November 14, 2007 teaches how to stop climbers from using the bolt hole as a mono in the gym. At first I thought this was humorous, then I remembered how many times I’ve seen climbers try using them as pockets (especially those with tiny fingers). 1. Take a two-foot (or so) long piece of standard issue setting […]

Interviewed at local climbing gym by BigLickU

by Tom Markiewicz on June 30, 2007

To get free climbing at my bouldering gym, I volunteer twice a month. The last evening I worked, two students visited for the first time while writing a story for a regional college web site called BigLickU. A few of my comments were taken out of context (the gym does set routes and I most […]

Build your own climbing gym padding

by Tom Markiewicz on May 26, 2007

The Bouldering Guide blog has a useful post on building your own padding for indoor climbing walls.

Indoor climbing considered safer than soccer

by Tom Markiewicz on October 8, 2006

A recent study found that indoor rock climbing has a low risk of injury and is 10 times safer than soccer. The study was published by the quarterly medical journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (PDF) by the Wilderness Medical Society. From the, The study by German researchers was based on the rates and types […]

Building a home climbing gym

by Tom Markiewicz on February 17, 2006

I’m finally getting ready to start on a long time project – building a home climbing gym in my basement. When we moved to Blacksburg from Northern Virginia, we bought a house down here that had a partially finished basement. I now have more space to build a home climbing wall than I actually know […]

Gym climbing musings

by Tom Markiewicz on March 30, 2005 (of all places) has one of the funniest descriptions of a gym bouldering area: The high school senior continues to train in the gym’s bouldering section, a cavernous area that looks a bit like the alien bar scene in “Star Wars,” with walls splotched with wild colors and shapes. You have to appreciate any […]

The LA Times has an article on the artificial climbing wall manufacturer, Monolithic Sculptures. One of the company’s current projects is replicating the giant cue-ball formations from Rock City located outside Kansas City. The Rock City boulder in Minneapolis, Kan., is part of a series of “huge sandstone concretions… round balls of sandstone that look […]