As we head into a third year of the pandemic, climbing gyms around the world continue to look for ways to balance maximum access with the health and safety of staff and climbers. With measures like reduced gym capacities, mask mandates, and climber distancing needing to be reviewed on a week-to-week basis, it's as important as ever to efficiently manage climber flow and facility cleaning. Whether you’re a longtime user of TRUBLUE Auto Belays or have never had one in your gym before, here are 5 ways that TRUBLUE can help your gym manage through the times of COVID.
1. Climber Distancing - By creating a dedicated TRUBLUE Auto Belay area, climbers can not only climb at a distance from one another, but also avoid contact and proximity with a climbing partner.
2. No Partner, No Problem - With many gyms revisiting appointment based strategies, finding a time that works for you and your partner could be challenging. Climbing partners might also need to keep their distance. Increased TRUBLUE Auto Belay routes can alleviate these issues.
3. Recruit New Climbers With Less Staff - We’ve heard that a lot of gyms, much like the rest of the world, are suffering from staffing shortages. Don't let being understaffed stop you from welcoming new climbers to the gym. TRUBLUE Auto Belays allow beginner climbers to get on the wall quickly without the need for a lengthy, staff-intensive belay course.
4. Get More Reps In Less Time - With a possible focus on timeslots, or appointment setting, your members and visitors may need to get their workouts in during a much shorter time period than they are accustomed to. If they only have one hour, spending half the time belaying a partner could be problematic. Auto Belay only appointments might be a good option for those climbers that want to come in and get their laps.
5. Low Touch Climbing - With sensitivity to surface exposure and the maintenance of high-touch surfaces, a simple wipe down of a TRUBLUE Auto Belay lanyard and carabiner with Isopropyl Alcohol could be a far more attractive option than two people handling an entire length of rope.
Stone Age Gym in Albuquerque creates social distancing using TRUBLUEs.