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Competition Speed Climbing Updates

The First Speed Climbing World Cup of 2018 in Moscow, Russia!

Watch the live stream of the Speed Climbing Finals here this weekend to see who takes the podium. It’s been eight years since the IFSC has had a Speed Climbing event in Russia and the home country is ready to bring the spotlight back. With the Olympics only 2 years away, each world cup will up the ante for every athlete who wants a shot at representing their country on the world’s highest and most fierce athletic stage.

Stay connected with all the event excitement by following Twitter hashtag #IFSCwc and if you miss the live stream, you can always watch the replays on the IFSC YouTube Channel.



What is an auto belay device?

An auto belay is an automatic belay device that eliminates the need for a human belayer.  The auto belay takes up the slack as a climber ascends and safely controls the descent when the climber lets go or falls. Since auto-belay devices don’t require a human belayer, many people can use a single auto belay station. Similarly, many auto belay stations can be supervised by a single staff person.

Why use an auto belay device?

Auto Belays are a simple and effective way for your facility increase traffic, revenue, and safety while reducing costs and risk.

Above all, Maximize Safety and Minimize Risk: Climbing is full of inheret dangers. One of the largest risks in running a climbing facility are accidents related to human error. Taking the belayer out of the equation minimises the chance of falls related to human error.

Simplify the Entry Process and increase new business:  Auto belays eliminate the need for lengthy belay training and testing, giving your new clients the ability to just clip in and climb. With minimal instruction and no climbing experience, customers can quickly begin climbing and enjoying their visit. Having auto belays can also attract more infrequent climbers since the entry process is simplified. Since minimal instruction is required, this also makes auto belay devices perfect for large parties and groups.

Attract single climbers and walk in business: Since climbers don’t need to rely on having a belay partner to climb, they can visit your facility more often and when their schedule allows. This gives your clients the ability to climb whenever they want without the boundaries of anyone else’s schedule.

Auto belays are a unique training tool: Single climbers will have the ability to train without a belay partner. They can climb up and down continuously giving them a unique and powerful method for endurance training.

More customers with less staff:  You can have more group programming while keeping staff and costs to a minimum. Since multiple auto belay stations can be safely supervised by a single staff member, birthday parties, large groups, and events become more easy to manage.

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