I live in a little apartment in the middle of the city, so this is the best I could do. Im adding some pinches this afternoon because at this point that is the only grip position I cant train on my current setup. I put the weight bench behind the boards to simulate overhangs and move from bottom board to top, or just use it like a regular hangboard. Been extremely happy with this setup.
Before I put the simulator on there, I called it the Beastmaker 3000. This setup, plus my rowing machine has made me go up a full number grade over the winter.
I live in a little apartment in the middle of the city, so this is the best I could do. Im adding some pinches this afternoon because at this point that is the only grip position I cant train on my current setup. I put the weight bench behind the boards to simulate overhangs and move from bottom board to top, or just use it like a regular hangboard. Been extremely happy with this setup. Before I put the simulator on there, I called it the Beastmaker 3000. This setup, plus my rowing machine has made me go up a full number grade over the winter.
Hey Couloirman, your set up looks great! I'm curious, how stable is it? Did you use any bolts or just screws? Also, is it anchored in to any supporting structure? Also, (last question, I promise) how long are the base beams and the angled beams?
I've been working on a freestanding hangboard myself and I opted to avoid the center vertical beam and go with a bit more of a box-like structure. Unfortunately, it ended up being more complicated than I anticipated and though I'm not finished, I'm questioning the final stability so I'm thinking about scrapping it and building one nearly identical to yours.
I got the idea from Eric Horst's book 'Flash Training' where he lays out good plans for the very same free standing frame.
The board is very stable in that I have total confidence in it not falling over, but it does sway a bit when doing campus moves. Putting 50lb sand bags on the legs would help, as would putting an X in the bottom frame to prevent the two uprights from moving in relation to eachother(if that makes sense).
I only used screws(but I did use a bunch of them), no bolts, but also have 90 degree pieces of metal I bought from home depot that I put at the perpendicular between the 2 horizontal floor boards and the 2 vertical uprights.
There is no anchor or support attached to any wall or support structure of the apartment, it is a truly free standing hangboard that I can move around at will, and even store stuff under as you see in the pic.
As for mounting the flat boards to put the holds on, the lower board is on the rear of the vertical 4x4, and the upper board is on the front which kind of simulates overhang if you put your feet on a chair behind it and move around on the holds.
The base beams are 48" 2x4's, and the vertical uprights are 7 foot 4x4's. The diagonal support boards are at 45 degree angles to both the floor and uprights, I believe are 31" long but Ill have to check on that, and the ends are cut at 45 degree angles to be flush with the floor and vertical beams.
I love this thing and recommend it to anyone wanting to train in the comfort of their own home without putting any holes in the wall. Good luck building yours, and let me know if you have any more questions
back side - those are climbit pinches and slopers.
So I finally finished my self standing hangboard. The whole project took way longer and was more expensive that I initially imagined but oh well. On the front side I am using a beastmaker board. The backside contains 5 t nut placements mostly for training different size pinches. There is also a pulley system to take off weight of course and there is plenty of space on the vertical beams to add more plywood. I have an nicros warrior board that I am going to add eventually for warming up because right now the easiest hold is a deep pocket on the beastmaker.
-All I did was measure out the top triangle piece to the size that I want it (about 10"x10"x10"). -Then I measured out one of the sides (2ft long, 10" tall, solve for angle). Also it helps to use one of the corners in sheet of plywood to help keep it a true right angle. -The third piece is actually the same as the other side except it is 1/2" or 3/4" shorter on the side that touches the top triangle (ie the thickness of the wood. -Screw each piece together into the seams. For extra stability get some angle brackets and put them on the inside. - Trim down the sides that will touch the wall to make it more flush. -Sand it so that it is nice to the touch - Mount with screws onto wall.
Just finished my little proj here in the g'rage! Took about two months worth of tinkering from start to finish... problem solving every step of the way.
My angles are 18.5, 22.5 & 45, with some vert around the door. Would have gone steeper but had to optimize my minimal space. The angles are actually not too bad, I was worried it would be too easy, but the wall is long enough that I can make bigger moves and set routes with plenty of tiny edges and slopers... The hardest part has been setting "easy" routes for non-climbing friends...
I was fortunate to be connected with a former climbing gym owner who sold me most of my holds for waaaay below normal prices... still, I've now got the *itch* and have already ordered numerous goodies from Nicros, ClimbIt and The DRCC that should be showing up here any day now... Can't wait!
Have been spending many hours "hangin" in the cave... There really is no better way to train than having a woodie!
Bear Pig is my spotter...
UPDATE: Been a few months, here are some youtube clips showing just how much money I've been blowing on holds! Woo!
SO, I have been struggling a bit with setting problems on the new wall, specifically: setting problems for non-climbing friends and family that are fun, challenging and keep them interested, as well as having a wall with a variety of difficulty levels which is easy to set new routes on.
After months of frustration I think I've found a solution, and I wanted to pass this method along as it may be helpful for others with similar problem-setting problems. I posted it here:
For a while now I wanted to hold a competition on my home woody and invite a bunch of friends over to climb and drink beer.
A couple weekends ago I finally held that event and set a number of problems and gave each one a point value. Also we had awards for 1st-3rd for Mens/Womens and prizes for fun things such as Best Costume, Best Determination, Best Moves, Kegmeister (where you had to do a keg stand then go climb), etc.
I put together a little video to show off all of the action and give you a feel for some of the problems and a much better idea of how the home woody climbs.
Finally got this thing about done. All of the photos in this thread were helpful in planning, Thanks! If anyone in the Denver area is looking to get rid of a queen mattress, I could use some more padding.
Finally got this thing about done. All of the photos in this thread were helpful in planning
Looks really good! Pretty crazy that you had to put in all of those 2x10 joists in the ceiling but the pictures of the transformation is pretty cool.
I would give you a mattress that I am not using anymore but from that height I don't think it will be very good (been used a lot for landing and the padding is pretty much done leaving some hard landings on the springs).
Good luck with it.
ps. Also since you have limited holds you might want to build a triangle volume or two with any scraps that you have. Easy way to make a cool feature and put small holds on it to save $.
It's fall woodie time, almost ready to come indoors for the winter. Last few outdoor wall days ahead until it's gym time through the cold northern winters.....and then again ice climbs will be ready soon too!
It's just a bit bigger than a home woody, but the place I train in Columbus is awesome, and definitely is NOT a commercial climbing gym. Started as a guy's basement woody, gradually grew, and for the last couple years he's gotten enough in cooperative members' fees to rent a small garage space in a back alley. One of the best training facilities I've seen, and still has more of a home woody vibe to it. From a recent comp: