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Yet another toll taken in the crushing path of the coronavirus, the Climbing Wall Association’s flagship summit has been cancelled. The CWA Summit is the largest trade show for the indoor climbing industry, with over 200 different gyms in attendance last year alone. Each year over 1,000 people from around the world travel to Loveland, Colorado to attend. The Summit involves more than 30 different conference sessions covering a wide body of topics, from gym management and operations to coaching and training.
The Coronavirus has already disrupted a number of large events in the industry, like the 5point Film Festival, the Access Fund’s Inks Ranch Festival, and the American Alpine dinner fundraiser. Often the money raised by these industry events are critical in keeping the organizations running. Cancelling or postponing may be in the best interest of public safety, but the loss of the funding received from these events could be detrimental to the organizations which rely upon them.
The Climbing Wall Association has decided not to try to reschedule their Summit and instead to push their resources toward next year’s event, May 12-14, 2021. As with many climbing gyms, the CWA is asking that its members not cancel their membership. This and the Summit Registration Fee are a significant percentage of the CWA’s financial support. While Summit refunds will not be issued, an email from the CWA March 17 stated “If you are already registered, your registration will automatically carry over for next year at this year’s rate.”