Covid-19 future: More outdoor bouldering gyms and parks


Thursday, 21 January

Last summer, many local crags and bouldering areas saw a record number of climbers. This local crag boom will probably continue this summer, and should also affect gyms next winter when it is too cold to climb outdoors.

At the same time, some climbers will probably be hesitant to go indoors for a couple of years due to Covid-19. This creates possibilities for gyms to build outdoor bouldering walls next to their facilities. As a matter of a fact, some gyms, especially in the Netherlands, have had such facilities for more than a decade. There are also gyms that already have integrated indoor/outdoor bouldering and climbing walls. (c) Vertikale in Brixen

Furthermore, kids' climbing walls have been part of playgrounds all over the world for many years. In other words, what is written in this article's headline is nothing new but a great possibility for all gyms and municipalities to continue developing outdoor climbing.

In the longer run, there are possibilities to further develop beginners' and kids' bouldering on the blocks outdoors. The children climbing courses are often fully booked, and until new outdoor bouldering walls are ready, courses could take place outdoors this spring in order to activate the kids.

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