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Futurist Announces Partnership with Chalk Cartel

4/20/2017 – Undisclosed Location It is rumored that Futurist Climbing Consultants, Inc. ™ has secured the indefinite exclusive global distribution rights for Chalk Cartel ™ products. According to anonymous sources, the clandestine negotiations took place at an undisclosed location between operatives and agents representing both business entities who wish to remain unidentified. This new chalk […]

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Summit Strength & Fitness – Design by Futurist

A new Futurist-designed gym is coming to Madison, WI this fall! Summit Strength & Fitness will offer climbing and training to Madison climbers looking to get serious about improving their climbing ability, strength and fitness. Summit is owned and operated by Keith Kubiesa, a personal trainer and climbing coach. Keith is an NSCA Certified Strength […]

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F-80: A Superior Roped Area Flooring Option

For many years climbing gyms have used the same combination of open-cell urethane, polybond or rebond foam under a carpet-bonded top layer in roped climbing areas. In a short period of time, these floors become wavy and lumpy, creating tripping hazards and looking generally unsightly. This is due to the fact that the top and […]

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Carpet Top Covers!!!

You asked for carpet and we listened! Here at Futurist we have always been big fans of vinyl covers for our climbing flooring systems – vinyl can’t be penetrated by dust, chalk and liquids, which keeps the foam beneath it truly clean and prolongs its life (and keeps your gym from smelling like everything that […]

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Futurist Introduces “The Selfie”

Futurist announces the release of a self-install flooring option that has been developed to make our custom systems accessible to more gym owners. Customers save 10-15% with the Selfie system, which is built with the same high quality materials and workmanship as all Futurist systems, including laser patterning for precision fit, heat-bonded seams and off-site […]

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Futurist Completes Largest Flooring Install in KY

Lexington, KY – L’Escalade Fitness is Kentucky’s largest indoor climbing gym with 21,000sf of climbing terrain. This mega-facility boasts a comprehensive fitness area with state-of-the-art equipment and a full group fitness schedule. Kids have their own play space and adults will enjoy multiple relation stations with wi-fi. Futurist provided over 14,000sf of flooring for the […]

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Interview with Sarahjoy Allen of Approach

Sarahjoy and Brian Allen have a finished gym design, established branding, 50+ charter memberships already sold and climbing walls on the ocean en route from Walltopia’s manufacturing facilities in Bulgaria. They are poised to open the 12,000sf Approach Climbing Gym in Omaha, NE this summer – the first full-service facility in the city. Despite the […]

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Client Interview – Sarahjoy Allen, Approach Climbing Gym

Facility: Approach Climbing Gym Futurist Services: Wall & Facility Design, Flooring for Bouldering, Roped & Training Areas Open Since: Summer 2015 Q: What is your ownership team’s involvement with the sport of climbing? A: Sarahjoy started climbing at the University of Nebraska 12-years ago. In that time she was a route setter, competed with some […]

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New Client Interview with the team from NOBL

The owners of New Orleans Boulder Lounge recently launched their branding and released final climbing wall designs for the facility, which will open in New Orleans, LA in July 2015. Leading Edge Climbing Walls is currently on-site building the walls, which were designed by Futurist in collaboration with the NOBL team. Co-Owners Andrew Dreis and […]

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Client Interview – Andrew Dreis & Eli Klarman, Co-Founders of NOBL

Facility: New Orleans Boulder Lounge, New Orleans, LA Futurist Services: Wall & Facility Design, Custom Bouldering Flooring System Open since: July 2015 Q: Describe what is unique about your particular climbing gym’s business model and services. A: The most unique thing about our business model is that it’s as much community space as it is […]

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Client Interview – Kyle Batta, Owner of Climb Lafayette

Facility: Climb Lafayette, Lafayette, IN Futurist Services: Wall & Facility Design, Custom Bouldering Flooring System, Custom Roped Flooring Open Since: June 2015 Website: www.climblafayette.com Business Description:   Climb Lafayette is the first dedicated indoor rock climbing facility in the beautiful Lafayette Indiana area, with Purdue University located across the river in West Lafayette. We have 4,000 sq. ft. of climbing, […]

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Futurist Will Be at CWA!

Want to meet with the Futurist crew in person? Visit us at this year’s Climbing Wall Association conference in Boulder, CO, May 28-30. The CWA is the best place to meet industry providers and learn about business strategies associated with opening a climbing gym. We would love the opportunity to meet with you and learn […]

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The Wall is Expanding!

After less than one year in business The Wall Climbing Gym in North County San Diego is already beginning an expansion project to accommodate its fast-growing membership base . The addition includes a 60-degree project board and a mezzanine with more bouldering terrain, a cardio deck, a lounge and new office space. The expansion will […]

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Futurist Designs Lafayette’s First Climbing Gym

Climb Lafayette, opening May 2015, is the first commercial climbing gym in Lafayette, IN. Futurist enjoyed working with the Climb Lafayette team on the wall design and facility layout. According to Futurist President Timy Fairfield, the wall design was inspired by ancient Mayan architecture, Mayan code glyph shapes and space ships! The result of that […]

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Client Interview – John Johnson, Owner of Crimper’s Climbing Gym

Facility: Crimper’s Climbing Gym, Blacksburg, VA Futurist Services: Business Consulting, Wall & Facility Design, Custom Flooring System Open Since: April 2012 Website: www.crimpersclimbing.com Q: Why did you choose to engage Futurist Climbing Consultants as independent designers for your climbing gym? A: Our decision to engage Futurist was based on a few long conversations with Timy Fairfield and the realization […]

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Client Interview – Joe Czerwinski, Owner of Focus Climbing Center

Facility: Focus Climbing Center, Mesa, AZ Futurist Services: Business Consulting, Wall & Facility Design, Custom Flooring System Open Since: June 2013 Website: www.focusclimbingcenter.com Q: Why did you choose to engage Futurist Climbing Consultants as independent designers for your climbing gym? A: The guys at Futurist are not concerned with how much money the wall company can make […]

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Exclusive Interviews with Owners of The Wall

The process of designing a new climbing gym is involved, to say the least. It takes serious effort and consideration to build a brand and a facility that will develop and service the needs of your market while expressing your personal vision. The Wall owners Matt Sawyer & Randy Englekirk share their thoughts on the design process, brand development […]

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Client Interview – Matt Sawyer, Co-Owner of The Wall

Facility: The Wall, Vista, CA Futurist Services: Wall & Facility Design, Custom Flooring System Open Since: June 2014 Website: www.thewallclimbinggym.com Q: Why did you choose to engage Futurist Climbing Consultants as independent designers for your climbing gym? A: The first time that we spoke with Timy was a three or four hour phone call. We contacted him […]

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