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Vertical Solutions at the CWA Summit 2022

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We’re excited to welcome you all to Salt Lake City.

Founded here in 2007, Vertical Solutions is thrilled to be attending and contributing to the CWA Summit on our home turf. In collaboration with CWA, CBJ, and The Front Climbing Club, we've packed the week with activities in anticipation for the Summit’s return. View our full schedule below. We hope to see you all this May!

Pre-Conference Events | May 16–18

At The Front Salt Lake City

  • Work at Heights Competent Certification with Petzl
  • Work at Heights Qualified Certification with Petzl
  • Adaptive Climbing Initiative Course with Paradox Sports

At The Front South Main

  • Route Setter Climb Night & Happy Hour (email eddie.morillas@thefrontclimbingclub.com for invite)
    Hosted by Eddie Morillas, Director of Route Setting at The Front Climbing Club
    Tuesday, May 17th with climbing at 4p and happy hour at 7p
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Conference Events | May 18–20

Want to take a tour of The Front or the Vertical Solutions HQ during the CWA Summit? Reach out to liz.pecknold@vsclimbing.com

At The Salt Palace Convention Center

  • Vertical Solutions Booth
    Come check out our latest projects and say hello. We'll be right next to our partners at Petzl.
  • Cocktail Hour at our booth
    Wednesday, May 18th 5–7p
  • Product Presentation: The Creation of Lifestyle Climbing Gyms
    with Jaime Garza, Director of Business Operations; and Liz Pecknold, Sales Manager
    Friday, May 20th 11:45a–12:15p
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Official CWA After Parties

Sign The Front's waiver to make check-in quicker when you arrive.
Transportation available through CWA

At the Front Salt Lake City

Thursday Night After Party with Petzl
Thursday, May 19th at 8p; 1470 S 400 W, SLC, UT 84115
Featuring Petzl Anchor & Hauling Demos

At the Front South Main

Friday Night After Party with Climbing Business Journal
Route Setter Appreciation Night
CBJ Grip Showcase Awards Ceremony
Friday, May 20th at 6p; 4140 S. Main Street, SLC, UT 84107

Official CWA Afterparties

Climb for free at The Front during official CWA after party hours

CWA attendees with badges can climb for free during afterparty hours! Sign the waiver to make check-in quicker when you arrive.

The CBJ Grip Showcase | May 16–20

At the Front South Main

Try out some of the best holds in the business at the CBJ Grip Showcase, featuring boulder problems from 30 leading hold brands. Set on the first- and second-floor bouldering walls at The Front South Main, the Showcase will run from May 16–20, with awards that Friday.

Award Categories:
  1. Climbers' Choice
  2. Setters' Choice
  3. Best Movement
  4. Most Aesthetic
  5. Climbers’ Awards (top in each category)
CBJ Grip Showcase
Hold brands at the Grip Showcase

Agripp, Binary, Blocz, Blue Pill, Catalyst, Cosmic, Element, Elevation, eXpression, Grizzly, Ibex, Kilter, Kitka, Kumiki, Magic Wood, Megalith, Menagerie, Method, Onsite, Pusher, Stoked, Sugarhouse, Teknik, Thrillseeker, Toe Jam, Trango, Unleashed, Urban Plastix, VirginGrip, and Zinger.

Competition and how to vote:

  1. Register on Pebble and vote or compete from 6a on Monday, May 16th through 7p on Friday, May 20th.
  2. Vote for your favorite route on Pebble to select the Climbers' Choice award winner. Route setters will select winners for the Setters' Choice, and in-person competitors will vote on Best Movement and Most Aesthetic.
  3. Compete as a climber. Earn points for sends, attempts, and highest holds reached. Winners in each climbing category will be awarded a prize.
  4. Awards begin at 8:30p on Friday, May 20th at The Front South Main. Join us and celebrate!

Paraclimbing World Cup | May 24–⁠25

At the Front Salt Lake City

Following the CWA Summit, The Front Climbing Club will be hosting the opening competition of the 2022 IFSC Paraclimbing season. The Paraclimbing World Cup is one of three IFSC World Cups held in Salt Lake City this May.

The Front will only be open to Paraclimbing World Cup spectators on May 24th and May 25th.

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