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El Cabinetry: Climbing at Home and the Future of Gyms

The RunOut Podcast tackles the issue of when and how will climbing facilities will reopen

Climbing gyms around the world are closed, as are most brick and mortar shops. It is, as everyone knows, a response to the covid-19 outbreak that has changed our lives as we know them.

While social media feeds have made the transition from showing photos of real-time climbing to historical images, photos of homemade bread and videos of climbing on kitchen cabinets (El Cabinetry), many climbers are wondering when they’ll be able to head back to their local gym. That depends entirely on the restrictions imposed by local governments which are determined by the “curve” and forecast of the coronavirus.

The RunOut #40 is called: Will Climbing Gyms Survive Covid-19. In the podcast, climbing journalists Andrew Bisharat and Chris Kalous speak with Fabrizio Zangrilli, “a climber, mega alpinist, and, most importantly, the founder and owner of The MonkeyHouse climbing gym in Carbondale, Colorado.”

Be sure to listen to this episode and subscribe to the podcast here. So, when will climbing gyms open? Long story short: nobody knows. Below are some at-home El Cabinetry photos. Be careful climbing at home!

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Day 1 of the "Stay Home" expedition in the @montagnes_du_jura Perfect condition to start the climb. Kitchen table is very dry, good protection and big blue sky Today I opened the "Old Virginia traverse" (ED+, 7b) which is very exposed to bottle fall ! Be very careful ! . . #climbathomechallenge #climbathome #lookingforwild #stayathome #stayhome #iorestoacasa #scarpathome #mountainscenery #thevisualshare #wekeepmoments #mountainstories #wondermore #hikingadventure #adventurethatislife #liveoutdoors #outdoorlife #liveauthentic #mountains #adventure #mountainstones #bewild #forgeyourownpath #themountainiscalling #staywild #mountaineering #alpinisme #iceclimbing #dmm #cortigrimpe01 #whisky

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