The outdoor climbing scene is booming as outdoor climbing has been gaining popularity for decades, but the indoor climbing scene has been struggling for years.
But with the advent of the indoor wall-to-wall climbing facility, the indoor rock scene is on the verge of exploding.
Here’s what to look out for next year.
The biggest news from the outdoor climbing world is that indoor rock climbers are coming to the states to make money, and that’s not going to stop anytime soon.
According to a survey by the National Outdoor Recreation Association, there are about 5,500 indoor climbing venues across the country, including over 1,000 in Colorado, with the rest of the states seeing only around 200.
The biggest indoor facilities have opened in recent years, with a handful of other venues being announced this year, including the Colorado Climbing Museum and the Colorado State Climbing Club in Denver.
There are also plans for an indoor climbing facility in Los Angeles.
Other climbing venues that are coming soon are in California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Utah.
The majority of outdoor climbing facilities are located in rural areas.
Outdoor climbing is growing rapidly in some areas.
The growth of the outdoor scene has created a competitive environment for outdoor climbers, and in a sense, it’s been a boon to the industry.
But many climbing enthusiasts are finding that their local area is lacking outdoor climbing opportunities.
That’s where the indoor facilities will come in, said Matt Bowers, a Boulder, Colorado, native and a former competitive climber who now owns the indoor climb site at The Mountain Home.
“You’re going to be able to have a great outdoors experience and be a part of a great outdoor community,” he said.
“That’s really exciting for me.”
The Outdoor Climbing Association of America, which represents indoor climbing professionals, has been pushing the outdoor industry to open more facilities, with more events planned in the future.
The National Outdoor Climbers Association (NOCA) has been working to make climbing a more viable career choice for climbers, with its 2018 national indoor climber survey asking for climbers to be more involved in local events.
Bowers hopes that with the growth of indoor climbing in the U.S. and in other countries, more people will be able be outdoor climbers and have the outdoor community enjoy them.
“I think this industry is going to grow, and there’s a lot of opportunities out there,” he added.
“We’re going from a really small niche into a larger market.”
What will it cost to climb?
Outdoor climbing costs $5 to $10 per hour, depending on what type of climbing area you are climbing in.
However, many climbing facilities require that participants pay a fee for their equipment and have a specific amount of time in the wall.
Climbing is a lot more affordable than climbing on the indoor slopes.
Bower said he’s seen people paying $20 for an hour, which works out to $30 per hour in the winter, when temperatures can be much warmer.
“People will do it because it’s fun,” he noted.
“It’s not a real problem.”
Climbing equipment also needs to be stored and organized in order to be functional.
Many indoor facilities don’t have storage spaces and will have to be cleared out of the way, which can be expensive.
Some facilities will have storage facilities with access points that are accessible to climbers.
However the majority of indoor facilities, such as the Mountain Home, are not.
Browsing the outdoor wall site is a great way to see what the equipment is, Bowers said.
He has seen climbers climb in and out of different equipment sections in various states of disarray.
“They’re not even using the same gear in different states,” he told ABC News.
“There’s no good gear.”
What about the costs?
Climbing facilities can be very expensive.
There’s no set amount of climbing that you can do in a day.
Some indoor climbing sites cost thousands of dollars for equipment, Bower added.
The indoor climbing industry is also a very competitive one.
Some outdoor climbing clubs are operating in a competitive atmosphere, which is why outdoor climbing is gaining in popularity.
However some of the best climbing areas are not located in the same states.
For example, The Mountain House in Boulder, which was recently sold, is located in Nevada and is only open for members of the national outdoor climbing community.
Biersch’s Mountain Home is in Colorado and is a smaller, private climbing facility.
The climbing industry can be incredibly competitive, so it’s important to have the right equipment, said Tom Daley, a Denver-based outdoor climbing consultant who has been training outdoor climbers for decades.
“The indoor climbing market is still very competitive, but there’s some exciting new climbing opportunities that are opening up,” Daley said.
In addition to the cost of equipment, there’s also