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New ClimbSmart! Posters Have Arrived!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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Old ClimbSmart! Ad

25 years ago, a small ad appeared in Climbing magazine and Rock & Ice magazine announcing a new public awareness campaign for the growing sport of rock climbing. The ClimbSmart!® program was originally created in 1993 by ORCA’s Climbing Sports Group, a precursor to the Climbing Wall Association, and first appeared in print in July of that year.


Today, the CWA owns and maintains the ClimbSmart! program and is working to expand the program to include a full line of stickers, posters, brochures, instructional videos, and other educational resources.


The ClimbSmart!® program is based on a Universal Warning which includes four simple points for climbers to remember:


  1. Climbing is Dangerous
  2. Qualified Instruction is Required
  3. Use Equipment According to Manufacturer’s Instructions
  4. Your Safety is Your Responsibility


At the end of last year, the CWA redesigned the ClimbSmart!® logo and we have now completed an overhaul of our ClimbSmart!® posters. These are printed and ready to be shipped to industry partners and member gym’s across the country.



The ClimbSmart!® posters are available in the CWA Store. They cover a range of activities typically found in indoor climbing such as general warnings, auto-belay warnings, belaying responsibly, and bouldering. We currently have two versions available for each of the ClimbSmart!® posters – an 11” x 17” text version and a 18” x 24” photo version.



A reminder that members of the CWA receive a free set of ClimbSmart!® posters (a $30 value) per year. Contact the CWA’s Membership Manager, Dan Jeanette, to receive your free poster set promo code that can be used in the CWA’s store.


Climb for a lifetime. ClimbSmart!®

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