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The indoor climbing industry is booming on a foundation bolted to Colorado’s Front Range

Colorado has for three decades nurtured the slow-and-steady growth of indoor climbing gyms. But now, as the business built by bored climbers is roiling with consolidation, private equity investment, mergers, acquisitions and unprecedented growth, the Front Range is emerging as a battleground for the maturing industry. The gyms also are spurring technological and consumer innovation […]

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Climbing gyms used to only offer dead-end jobs. Now, they’re a foothold for a route through the industry.

On a Saturday morning at The Monkey House, Carbondale’s new rock climbing gym, four people scale ladders with drills in their hands, creating the routes that people pay $100 per month to climb. The setters place footholds and adjust the angles of handholds, making sure each movement is fun and engaging. Along with the new […]

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Climbing gyms are hot, but longtime climbers worry gym rats aren’t learning basic real-world safety

Long before Marcus Garcia had scaled the frozen faces of some of the largest mountains on Earth, he was an 18-year-old kid in a Dallas climbing gym. A fit athlete with little adventure climbing experience, Garcia was approached by an experienced climber who offered to take him on a trip to Eldorado Canyon, near Boulder. […]