INDOOR CLIMBING GYM FACTS

How did your climbing gym come to be?

Your climbing gym exists because a team of people banded together to give you access to climbing. They are committed to the sport and want to be part of, and grow, a vibrant community of amazing people like you.

CLIMBING GYMS ARE SMALL BUSINESSES

Friends and Family

Most gyms are funded by groups of friends and family who pool their resources and take out loans from local banks. They come together to bring climbing to their community.

Expensive to Build

Climbing gyms take a long time to open and a massive up-front investment. Gym owners make these commitments because they want to bring climbing to you.

A Team of Climbers

Indoor climbing also requires a team of knowledgeable staff. By supporting the gym, you're also helping the network of hardworking employees.

people are the most important thing

We haven't seen more climbing gyms permanently close because the owners of these businesses are deeply committed to their community of climbers and the friends and family members who helped them start their businesses. Likewise, the amazing climbers who maintained their memberships throughout the pandemic have buoyed the hopes of gyms and helped them survive this long.

WITHOUT OUR SUPPORT 1 IN 4 CLIMBING GYMS MAY CLOSE PERMANENTLY IN THE NEXT YEAR*

ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO SUPPORT THE GYMS ACT

On February 5, 2021, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) filed the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMS) Act (H.R. 890) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacting climbing facilities and other health or fitness facilities around the country.


The GYMS Act will create a $30 billion fund to provide grants to impacted businesses included in the law. Climbing facilities would be eligible for grants up to the lesser of 45% of the facility’s 2019 revenue or $20 million. Severely impacted businesses who have revenues of less than 33% compared to 2019 would be eligible for an additional grant of up to 25% of their initial grant. All grants are capped at $25 million.


The grant would cover expenses such as:

  • Payroll costs
  • Rent or mortgage payments, including interest
  • utilities
  • Facility improvement costs required by law or guidelines 
  • Payments required for insurance on any insurance policy
  • Taxes
GET IN TOUCH AND

SUPPORT YOUR GYM

Contact your local gym to learn more. Renew your membership, buy your next pair of shoes from their pro shop, or get a punch pass today so you're ready to climb when you feel comfortable returning to the gym. 

Photos by Becca Manners

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