Halls & Walls 2021

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Halls & Walls is the annual meeting of the international climbing gym scene Halls & Walls is THE trade fair, information and exchange platform for the climbing gym sector. Managers, operators, route setters and climbing trainers are invited to discuss the latest developments in indoor climbing with experts and learn about most recent studies and research, projects and products of this sport. In parallel to the many different professional presentations, manufacturers of climbing walls and climbing holds, hardware and software providers and suppliers of accessories exhibit their products. The success of Halls & Walls began as the climbing gym meeting of the German Alpine Association (DAV; Deutscher Alpenverein) in Darmstadt in 2011.   From 2017 to 2019, the climbing gym industry met at the Nuremberg exhibition centre for two days, to allow for a wide range of products and an intensive exchange of information. The event with its mixture of exhibition, expert lectures and industry meetings attracts trade visitors from Germany, Europe and the whole world. Under the influence of the Corona pandemic, Halls & Walls 2020 took place without a trade fair and without visitors as a digital symposium.   However, with around 1200 visitors in 2019 the event has reached a size that the German Alpine Association with its resources cannot develop further without external support. For this reason, Halls & Walls will take place in Friedrichshafen from 2021 as part of Vertical Pro, a trade fair on the topics of safety at work at height activities and rope and safety technologies. The DAV continues to be the organizer for the Halls & Walls symposium. The Friedrichshafen Fair (Messe Friedrichshafen) is responsible for exhibitor and visitor management.   Halls & Walls 2022 will take place in Friedrichshafen from November 25 to 26, 2022. More information is available at  www.vertical-pro.com/en-gb/halls-and-walls. 

Halls & Walls 2021 review

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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)   Workshop Autobelays 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.   Mailing list   If you are interested in receiving an reminder for next year's Halls & Walls as visitor, please send an e-mail to the Halls & Walls Team. We don't send any regular newsletters but only a reminder about the Halls & Walls event! 

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