You have always dreamt of opening your own climbing gym, making your passion, your career. So far, so good, but... what's next?
As we've been there many times we decided to compile a list of questions that probably occupy your mind. Or if they (still) don't, will pop up in a minute.
I want to open a climbing gym. What's my first step?
*Not counting your enthusiasm, this, by all means, is a must.
You have to take care of three main things:
Venue: one of the most time-consuming and complex tasks. You have to consider the architecture of the building, the location, the rent, the demographics... Chances are 50/50 that you will manage to find the perfect venue. You could also go for plan B, build it from the ground up.
Money: the tough part. If you're not using own money, you have to look for funding. Check banks promotional offers for small businesses, investment funds, and sometimes local or national grants that foster entrepreneurship.
Climbing wall manufacturers: We are here for you. Obviously, we won't spend much time explaining how important this choice is. Something not to forget though is that you should always think ahead, and in the long term. Keep reading to know what to focus on.
How can I get a quote?
To send you an accurate quote we need to know the approx. area of climbing surface and the preferred style. Most of the gyms go for a mixture of styles, but one is always dominant.
Where are the walls manufactured?
Walltopia's production facility is based in Bulgaria, Europe. You can read more here.
What are the walls made of?
Plywood or GRP panels. However, for us the material is not as important as the experience it can offer the climber. That's why we always prefer to speak about climbing styles, not materials.
How long does it take to complete a project?
Project completion time depends on a number of variables- time the contract is signed, complexity of the project, corrections to the design proposal, manufacturing and shipping, etc. Once design is approved, the rest (engineering calculations & production time) fits fast in the project timeline. Sure, good planning, though, prevents problems.
How are the walls transported to the project site and how much time does it take to arrive at the destination?
For EU based projects we load everything on trucks, for the rest of the world the containers travel by sea.
Arrival time depends on the destination- within Europe it hardly ever takes longer than two weeks; to the East coast of the USA it can take up to 50 days.
I want to know more about climbing gym inspections?
You can download the inspection FAQs to learn more.