From Route Setting to Workforce Shortages: Vertical Pro and Partners to Provide Expertise

This year’s Vertical Pro promises to showcase all of the subtle synergy between the areas of rope access technology, rescue from heights, bouldering, sport climbing, and high ropes courses from November 24 – 25th, 2023. Along with a diverse range of opportunities for testing and tryouts, a comprehensive program of conferences will take center stage at this two-day professional event. "Assembly, rescuing, fastening, inspecting, securing – all these are tasks that people perform while climbing," explained project manager Sharon Kommer while expressing her excitement about the third edition of this event, which will provide climbing professionals from various industries the opportunity for an interdisciplinary meetup this coming November.

In addition to the German Alpine Club (DAV), the International Adventure Park Association (IAPA), and the DRK Mountain Rescue Württemberg, the Professional and Interest Association for Rope-supported Work Techniques (FISAT) will once again be a partner in the program of events. Vertical professionals from the sports and recreational climbing industry will convene at Vertical Pro's "Halls & Walls," the DAV's international climbing hall meeting, to talk about everything to do with boulder holds, wall elements and climbing hall accessories. 

Route Setting: Creative and Functional

What does it take to create lastingly attractive routes and boulders in artificial climbing facilities? This is the question that the DAV's panel discussion will seek to answer while shedding light on the central tasks and concerns of climbing and bouldering halls – from organization to equipment. The DAV program's other presentations will also revolve around sport and fun on the wall, with experts on hand to provide insights and inspiration for creative route setting and to address the role of social media, too. The panels will also explore the topic of inclusion and the requirements for target group-specific route setting for people with and without disabilities. The goal, of course, is affording climbing fun to all.

Adventure Parks, Climbing Gardens & More: IAPA Event Program

The shortage of skilled labor is affecting the outdoor sports and adventure industry, too. This November, speakers from the IAPA will talk about possible solutions to this challenge. Presentations on inspection and maintenance will also be on the program. From zip lines and safety harnesses to IT solutions, the prestigious IAPA Innovation Award, which will once again be presented at Vertical Pro this year, will highlight the industry's ingenuity.

Safety First: FISAT and DRK Mountain Rescue

Whether at work or in leisure time, safety and hazard prevention on and around ropes will be of paramount importance at Vertical Pro. The program of events will showcase the professional expertise of FISAT and others in the context of commercial applications and that of DRK Mountain Rescue Württemberg in matters related to rescuing at height or in rugged terrain. Together with co-exhibitor Tyromont, the mountain rescue service’s supplier of technical equipment, these high-altitude professionals will provide skillful demonstrations of operations and rescue scenarios at the container tower and obstacle course.

The third Vertical Pro is to take place on November 24 and 25, 2023. Opening hours: Friday, November 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online (single-day for 42 euro, and two days for 49 euro) at Find out more on Instagram at @verticalpro_official and #verticalpro.

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