About the CWA Summit

The CWA Summit is the indoor climbing industry's premier professional development conference and trade show. Hosted by the Climbing Wall Association, we provide industry participants with the networking opportunities, information, and inspiration to move the industry forward. Attendees from around the world include climbing gyms, universities, recreation centers, military installations, top manufacturers, and more.


Pre-conferences: May 16-18, 2022

Keynote & Welcome Party: May 18, 2022

Conference: May 19-20, 2022

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Airport: Salt Lake City International Airport

Prior to the Summit, the CWA hosts a set of pre-conference workshops, which are in-depth, long-form trainings on a specific topic. They can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.


During the Summit, you'll attend a couple plenary sessions designed to bring all conference attendees together. You'll also get to choose from more than 30 conference sessions presented by business and industry experts. These 75-minute sessions cover various topics including management, leadership, business formation, gym operations, coaching and training.

The exhibit hall will be open during select times from May 18-20. Meet with your current vendors, research new ones, and see all the latest products on the market!

FAQ: The State of Conservation & Climbing Access in Utah

Why did the CWA choose Salt Lake City for its 2022 CWA Summit?

As the CWA’s selected location to host the 2022 CWA Summit, Salt Lake City offers many new and exciting opportunities, including ample space for exhibits and programming, improved access to dining and entertainment, and easier travel logistics.

In addition, the climbing community in Utah (and Salt Lake City specifically) is incredibly active and engaged. There are four world class indoor climbing facilities located within a short drive of the conference center. Salt Lake is also home to USA Climbing, as well as many industry vendors and organizations.

The stronger the climbing community becomes in Utah, the more influence we can have over policy decisions in the state. The CWA is excited to reinforce the cumulative strength and influence of Utah climbers by joining the active community of public land and climbing access advocates in Utah.

What is the state of conservation and climbing access in Utah?

The state of Utah has a rich, if imperfect, history with its outdoor recreation economy. The state created the first ever Office of Outdoor Recreation and built the highly successful “Mighty 5” National Park campaign that drives millions to the state to experience its splendor. In 2019, the largest wilderness protection in Utah in decades was enacted through the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. This was a major win for the climbing and conservation communities.

However, like most places across the Western United States, the management of public lands for multiple use makes a complicated relationship between recreation and extractive industries. The CWA recognizes Utah is no exception, and often acts against the interests of rock climbers and recreationists (for example, the Public Lands Initiative Act of 2016.)

In 2017, places like Bears Ears National Monument, which include the world famous Indian Creek Climbing Area, were downsized by the Trump administration in favor of mining. We invite you to stay informed on the latest updates on Bears Ears and many other climbing access issues by subscribing to the Access Fund newsletter.

How can I learn more and get involved with efforts to protect public lands and climbing access in Utah?

The advocacy community in Utah is extremely active, and the indoor climbing industry’s support can help make a difference.

These organizations have a direct impact on climbing access in Utah:

In addition, there are many general conservation organizations working in the state, including:


The CWA Summit is a one-stop shop for holds, walls, flooring, retail products, software, insurance, education, and training for indoor climbing industry professionals. 

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