Halls & Walls 2023 Review

Halls & Walls the must-attend event for managers of climbing and bouldering gyms for years.

As in previous years, the climbing gym industry met again at the DAV climbing gym meeting at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition near Lake Constance. Halls & Walls took place on November 24/25 as part of Vertical Pro, the trade fair for "Vertical Professions". Once again, the well-known format of experts presentations and trade fair had been very well accepted and attracted around 2,270 visitors from 38 countries as well as 165 exhibitors from 30 nations.

The DAV booth at Halls & Walls. Foto: DAV/Jennifer Lönz
Well attended panel discussion. Foto: DAV/Jennifer Lönz

The photo gallery on Skyfish shows a number of product stands and offers a few impressions ot the trade fair.

This year, the lectures organized by the DAV were all about route setting - THE core product of climbing and bouldering gyms. The discussions and presentations, which ranged from creative route setting and the integration of inclusive routes to the presentation of bouldering problems in social media, were correspondingly popular. As usual the presentations can be found in the download section below.

Route Setting Lectures

Routesetting Roundtable

Interactive discussion among colleagues about challenges, experiences and best practices. Where does the shoe pinch and how can we make it fit?

Julius Kerscher, member of the DAV training team route setting
Peter Zeidelhack, operation manager DAV Climbing Centre Munich South and member of the DAV training team route setting

Attractive routes and boulder problems - the long-term recipe for success of every climbing and bouldering gym

Create attractive routes and boulder problems in climbing gyms requires experience, creativity and craftsmanship. The panel discussion will highlight the central field of work of climbing and bouldering gyms: From the organisation of route setting to the necessary equipment to route setting as a service, craft and/or art. Last but not least, the question will be discussed how to get different and attractive movement patterns on the wall.

Moderation: Thomas Bucher, DAV press officer

Nick Mammel, CEO Urban Apes Climbing Gyms
Peter Zeidelhack, operation manager DAV Climbin Centre Munich South and member of the DAV training team route setting
Christoph Gabrysch, operation manager Climbing Centre Kempten and member of the DAV training team route setting

Setting boulder problems - creative, functional & attractive

"Form follows function" or "form follows fiction"? How do we set creative and functional boulder problems? Mind games, facts, do's & don'ts. Experiences, suggestions and insights for successful route setting at competition and everyday level.

Moderation: Thomas Bucher, DAV press officer

Speaker: Manuel Wiegel, professional route-setter

Inclusive route setting - climbing for everyone

The limitations for people with and without disabilities can be very different, so the requirements for route setting are also very different. The speakers provide clear examples from practice and discuss how they address the special needs of different target groups. The aim is to create conditions for everyone to enjoy physical activity.

Moderation: Thomas Bucher, DAV press officer

Dr. Claudia Kern, Head of the Neurology Department of the Board of Trustees for Prevention and Rehabilitation at the TUM and member of the DAV training team inclusion
Julius Kerscher, member of the DAV training team route setting

The Greener Gym - Idealistic fantasy or practical reality?

Keep carbon in the ground? This global challenge may seem remote to many of us, but our gyms rely on holds and volumes, panels, structures and more. How are our suppliers facing up to the global challenge, and can competition climbing help drive down our gyms’ environmental impact?

Moderation: Colin Knowles, IFSC Europe Sustainability Commission

Tiphaine Lazard, Marketing Manager EP CLIMBING
Tim Mullens/Geert Voncken, Greenholds
Dan French, Composite X

Route setting on social media - curse or blessing? What´s the point?

Three professionals present their work with social media. In their lectures on their social media channels, they show what makes their channel so successful. How do you manage to reach a lot of followers on Instagram? How do you both do good for route setting and build a booming social media channel? What needs to be considered and what content should be published not only for safety reasons? These and other questions will then be discussed.

Moderation: Thomas Bucher, DAV press officer

Marie-Luise Kühne, marketing and route setting Magic Mountain
Rebekka Schütze, climbing instructor and professional routesetter
Fabian Pensel, commercial and competition routesetter
Peter Zeidelhack, operation manager DAV Climbing Centre Munich South and member of the DAV training team route setting

Route setting round table.

Save the date

Next year, Halls & Walls will take place again on 22/23 November 2024 in Friedrichshafen near Lake Constance.

A Look into exhibition hall A7. Foto: DAV/Clara Schrag

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