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Safety Regulators are Cracking Down on Climbing, and Your Campus Wall May be Effected

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As a historically niche activity, indoor climbing has long flown under the radar when it comes to enforcement of safety regulations. Technically, climbing facility operations like route setting and wall maintenance are held to the same worker safety standards as other industries such as roofing and window washing. But the fact is, governing bodies like the Occupational Safety and Health …

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Climbing Safety Education in College Outing Clubs: Rappelling

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Rappelling isn’t the most glamorous part of climbing, or the hardest. Despite these facts, and perhaps because of them, rappelling is one of the most dangerous aspects of climbing. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine analyzed climbing related search and rescue incidents in Boulder, Colorado between 1998 and 2011. For technical roped climbing, researchers …

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Ranked: The Swankiest (and Jankiest) College Climbing Gyms

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The climbing gym trend has exploded in recent years, and college campuses aren’t exempt. Many schools have climbing walls right on campus, allowing students to take study breaks on the wall and get vertical between classes. We interviewed student climbers and scoured the internet to judge these facilities based on square footage, newness, special events, and overall character.  Get ready …