Halls & Walls 2021 review
Halls & Walls the must-attend event for managers of climbing and bouldering gyms for years.
Due to corona the German Alpine Association (DAV) offered an digital symposium format for the annual climbing gym meeting in 2020. This year, the climbing gym industry was able to meet again in compliance with strict hygiene rules. Halls & Walls took place on 19./20. November at the new location at Friedrichshafen Exhibition as part of Vertical Pro, the trade fair for "Vertical Professions". The well-known mixture of experts lectures and trade fair had been very well accepted once again this year.
Many visitors attended the lectures organised by the DAV. This year's main topic was route setting and all its facets were illuminated and discussed: tasks and requirements in route setting for amateur sport as well as competition route setting, occupational safety and the diversity of route setters.
Impulse lecture Commercial and Competition Route Setting followed by a round table
From safe craftmanship to creative and on to professionalisation of competition route setting
with Peter Zeidelhack (Orgasport), Jan Zbranek (IFCS Chief route setter), moderated by Thomas Bucher (DAV press officer)
Workshop Tools - Material – Assembly
Three professionals present their tools and materials for safe and sustainable route setting.
with Stefan Müller (Voltomic), Tim Bartzik (RoxX), Josef Wetzel (Kletterkultur), moderated by Julius Kerscher (route setter, climbing hold shaper)
Workshop The Way Niklas Set the Boulder
Niklas will take you on a journey through his mind and crafting process before, during and after creating a Boulder.
with Niklas Wiechmann (route setter, video- creator)
Status of standardisation - „Fast Food“ of lead climbing?
with Julia Janotte (DAV Safety Research)
Workshop Work Safety and Prevention
Basics for safe and health-sustainable route setting
with Norbert Moser (VBG institution for statutory accident insurance and prevention) und Julius Kerscher (route setter, climbing hold shaper)
The presentations can be found in the download section below.
In Hall A7 lively discussions about climbing wall construction, bouldering mats, new climbing holds shapes, equipment, operating software and other accessories could be heard at the booths. Anyone who was still receptive after the many products on display took a curious look into Hall B5, the exhibition area for the high ropes courses, industrial climbing and height rescue.
The traditional Come Together booth party on Friday evening was small, quiet and short this year due to corona: The catering in the spacious foyer and at some exhibition stands provided the right atmosphere for an informal but informative exchange between the climbing gym scene for a few hours.
For climbing gym managers and route setters who like to plan for the future: Halls & Walls 2022 will take place next year on 25/26. November 2022 in Friedrichshafen.
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