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Donald asks…

DIY rock climbing wall.?

So I have a few questions. I have not rock climbed for years and I only did it a few times when I was younger but loved it. So I am thinking about building my own wall in my garage. So with that I have a few questions. I saw a few online of where it looked like people had theirs set up to be able to change out the rocks and move them around how would you do that? I saw some rocks online but they all seem like ones you just screw into the wood. My next question is if you have built a wall can you post pictures or link me to some and give me any tips I might need such as play wood to use and not use and things like that. any help would be nice thanks. Oh and because I have not done this in for ever and I plan to use this as a type of work out as well do you get more work by going up and down or side to side? I do plan to have the wall with a slant and if I can find a way hang part from the ceiling

tantan answers:

Do searches on DIY bouldering walls for lots of online resources (pics, instructions, tips, youtube videos, etc). Three Ball Climbing has a page outlining a lot of what you need to know. They also have kits for everything you need (instruction, holds, bolts, tnuts) except the structure itself…
You will want 3/4″ plywood with 2×4 stud framing for vertical walls, 2×6 for slanted. Thinner plywood may not hold you at a slant and roof (ceiling). You will use T-nuts that will attach through the back of the playwood panels. Most climbing holds bolted on to the T-nuts. This is how people are able to move holds around. Most hold companies have “starter packs” that include an assortment of holds, bolts and T-nuts appropriate for 3/4″ plywood.
You will quickly find that climbing holds are quite expensive. Ebay is a great resource for buying used holds for a fraction of the price of new. You could also attempt to make your own, but I would suggest saving that for a project a yr or two after getting back into it.
You will need to devise a plan specific to the area in which you will be building your wall.
As for workouts, most woodies (wood diy bouldering walls) are used for training purposes. Circuits and bouldering problems of varying degrees of difficulty will get you strong fast. You will also want to think about hold types. If you are doing training and circuits, big jug holds are a good idea. Too many small crimps and pinches will blow out your tendons quick, especially since you are jumping right into an overhang situation.
Lots of resources out there. You may even want to stop by your local climbing gym or gear shop or climbing club to see if anyone in your area already has theier own small bouldering wall. Talking to them or going to see theirs will go a long way of avoiding mistakes and planning approriately.
-Good luck

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