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By Woodchuck ATC
Sep 19, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Kevin, very cool looking device. I'd like to try that one.


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By Mark Pilate
Sep 19, 2013

After topping out, Kevin can walk around and pick apples


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By KevinCO
From Loveland, CO
Sep 20, 2013

Jon Zucco wrote:
That's impressive.


Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Kevin, very cool looking device. I'd like to try that one.


Thanks guys

However, I am really impressed by CBR's gym!


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By The Stoned Master
Administrator
From Pennsylvania
Sep 20, 2013
Day Lily.

Alot of sweet walls out there. Im impressed with alot of the ones Ive seen. Mine are free standing (I live in a historic home and unwilling to tap into it) and follow KISS. No angled corners, super simple.

I have three walls. My barn has a 8ft wide x 12ft high slightly overhanging wall (not pictured here). These two are in my house for winter training mainly. I love my traverse/endurance wall and often warm up and cool down on it + to stay in shape for long trad routes I can work endurance (because its not too overhanging = not too stressful on body + can work technique)

My more severe overhanging wall has a perfect hands splitter in the middle, the right face is 8ft + kicker and the left is straight 10ft.


Rock room.
Rock room.



13ft wide with two cracks. Traverse/endurance wall. The bare lumber was a flake I am removing.
13ft wide with two cracks. Traverse/endurance wall. The bare lumber was a flake I am removing.


You all have some pretty cool shit and these walls are a "blessing" if I cant get away. At least I can still stress my body to mimmic real rock.


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By Shad Williams
From Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 15, 2013
at the top of lazarus in lcc

thanks for the ideas, everybody.  this is what we've finished so far. just need to fill in all that blank wall, paint it, and add some cracks
thanks for the ideas, everybody. this is what we've finished so far. just need to fill in all that blank wall, paint it, and add some cracks


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By Woodchuck ATC
Oct 15, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Just fixing a few loose holds before the fall season here. Some dry tooling will occur too if I choose to sacrifice some holds to the damage of the tools.

west face, without upper wall boards in place that extend another 8 ft. high
west face, without upper wall boards in place that extend another 8 ft. high



bouldering out a sequence
bouldering out a sequence


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By Jeff Gicklhorn
From A Climbing Mecca Near You!
Oct 15, 2013
Having a blast on the Sound of Power - Photo by The Inspired Climber

Finished this guy up about a month ago. 8' wide, 40 deg overhang with 10' of climbing surface and a 12" kicker. Fits snugly on the back wall of my apt's one car garage, and the best part is that I can still park my car in there!

Wall framing
Wall framing


Completed wall
Completed wall


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By Tim Hadfield
From Steamboat Springs, Co
Oct 15, 2013
Easy stuff at Rifle

Just did a repaint and added a couple of volumes. Changing it up and keeping it fun!

Climb night fun!
Climb night fun!


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By Colin Parker
Administrator
From Idyllwild, CA
Oct 16, 2013
Bouldering in Joshua Tree

Yeah, climbing walls are great for keeping the ghosts busy.


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By Ace1810
Nov 11, 2013

Hi everyone. I just signed up so this is my first post. Ive been checking out everyones posts for a few days now and I figured I would post what mine looks like and see what everyone thinks. Im thinking about raising the top angle up a little to make it feel bigger. Let me know what you think.

Stage 1
Stage 1


Second stage
Second stage


Stage 2, another angle.
Stage 2, another angle.


Stage 3
Stage 3


Stage 4
Stage 4



Stage 5, what is currently looks like minus the holds.
Stage 5, what is currently looks like minus the holds.


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By Chimi
Nov 13, 2013

Hi guys, new here; I'm pretty excited to have found this thread, since I'm planning on making a freestanding bouldering wall in my backyard. I have the main ideas for the design down, but there's still some tweaking to be done, so I'm looking for any feedback and insight into the questions I have.

I'm planning on a wall about 16' wide (2 plywood sheet lengths wide) and maybe 16' of 'vertical' climbing surface (4 plywood sheet widths up). I was thinking of setting the wall up so that one side is 30 degrees from vertical on one side for two panels and finishing with a roof type of 70-80 degrees from vertical, and the other side would start out 60-70 from vertical and finish 20-30 from vertical. Thoughts on this or should I have the entire wall the same? For anyone that has tried a similar design -- any feedback? If I have time this weekend, hopefully, I'll get a model of it.

I have a couple of structural/construction-related questions. First, how do I deal with flex in the middle of the wall. For instance, my plan for the wall is 16' wide, which is broken up into two 8' wide sections. It seems straightforward to brace the outer ends with a beam running to the ground creating a triangle with the wall, beam, and ground. However, the center of the wall -- 8' in -- will still be largely unsupported. Supporting the wall similar to how the ends are done with result in an ugly wall sticking out of thew all toward the ground. Is the only option to have a beam behind the wall? If so, it seems it would require not only the beam behind the wall in tension, but additional components to anchor that beam to. Are there any other ways to do it -- something I'm missing? I'd like to avoid digging a post into the ground if possible.

Second, what is the best way to adjoin two vertical sections of different grade/steepness (for instance, a 30 degree section that turns into a 60 degree section)? Let's say that I create the frame/truss structure for each grade; what is the best way to join them together?

Thanks!


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By Michael McGuinn
From Binghamton, NY
Nov 13, 2013
Hanging out at the semi-hanging belay on Horseman.

More of a training board than a woody...
More of a training board than a woody...

Threw this together in a day for about $80 (already owned the holds). 30 degrees off vertical, 4'x4' footprint, freestanding, and the tape is basically for show.


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By Mark Hudon
Nov 14, 2013
On the North America Wall in 1977.

10 feet wide and 12 feet climbable up.

I have 110 more holds on the way!
I have 110 more holds on the way!


Testing it out before getting the mattresses.
Testing it out before getting the mattresses.


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By 5.samadhi
Nov 14, 2013
me

thats perfect mark.


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By BCarlson
Nov 14, 2013

Woody
Woody


Chimi - here's a pic of my woody that I just completed about a month ago, pretty similar to what you're describing. I put a roof on it (I live in Seattle), so the framing for the climbing section of the wall ties into the roof. It's very strong (I over designed it, but am planning on using for 10+ years so didn't want to under design it).

In my opinion, and from what I've read researching, you should stick with each section of the wall at the same angle. The framing construction gets much more complicated (and not as strong if you're unsure of what you're doing) when you put multiple angles in. You can always make some big volumes (which I have put on since this picture) to add some more interesting movement.

I'm not sure where you live and how you plan on building the free standing structure, but I would suggest putting the posts in the ground (3'+ deep, depending on frost levels).

I went with (5) 16' 6x6 posts, with a 20' 6x10 running across the front posts and a 20' 4x4 across the back posts. Framed out the back wall and put strapping 2x4's to tie the posts together. 12' 2x6 roof joists on hurricane ties with galvanized roof. The wall framing is with 16' 2x6 16" OC. 3/4" ACX plywood. Initially there was some deflection with the posts while they were standing alone, but after you tie everything together it get's very stout.

Overall size of the wall is 15' wide x 13' high (I wanted 16' wide for plywood layout but had to shrink it due to land constraints), with a 150 SF footprint (240 SF roof to protect the walls). 15 degree wall on the left, 30 degree wall on the right.

I can take some more pictures showing the back of the wall if you'd like. Search around the web you'll find good amount of info. I actually spent quite a bit of time researching pole buildings for the structure.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 14, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

BCarlson, I like that wall,,it looks alot like my wall in design. Love having a big roof to pull. Can you top out over your roof, as it's kinda dark in pic to see clearly.


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By BCarlson
Nov 14, 2013

Theoretically yes :)

I haven't put ply up on the roof yet and the roof overhangs further than the gravel landing area, so it would be an awkward/dangerous fall onto the ground (I guess you could always put a few crash pads down).
I'd have to put some kind of hand friendly flashing or something for the top out pull, as I'm sure the corrugated roof would cause some stitches.

Wall2
Wall2


Sorry I don't have a great shot of the roof at the moment, this is the clearest I can find. I'll try to take some more shots this weekend.


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By MBX5
From Arvada
Nov 14, 2013
Zion years ago.

Basement wall
Basement wall

Just put this up. It's 8'x11' coming in at 40 degrees. This is just the start the plan is to add a roof and more wall on the right side. Still placing hold orders so not much up yet.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 14, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

BCarlson wrote:
Theoretically yes :) I haven't put ply up on the roof yet and the roof overhangs further than the gravel landing area, so it would be an awkward/dangerous fall onto the ground (I guess you could always put a few crash pads down). I'd have to put some kind of hand friendly flashing or something for the top out pull, as I'm sure the corrugated roof would cause some stitches. Sorry I don't have a great shot of the roof at the moment, this is the clearest I can find. I'll try to take some more shots this weekend.



Not sure what access you have to the roof top itself, or it's structure. I added an upright plywood sheet on top, bolted to edge of roof rafters with thick door hinges, and stood up with 2by4 legs at a 60 degree angle. Half inch bolts hold everything tight and upright. Top edge of that vertical climbing board on the roof has a 2 by 6 screwed to it, and 2 half inch eyebolts through it, holding quick draws as a top rope anchor. It is very strong, holds 200 lb. lunging climbers on toprope without fail. Replaced board on top due to weathering 3 times in 18 years now. I have all routes on toprope on my wall, with height up to 20 ft. max right now. Otherwise, we bail off and fall into a pole vault pit of foam below. My anchor-top rope system on the steep overhangs is hung on cantilevered anchor lines. All are bomber strong.

upper section on belay
upper section on belay




all upper pop up boards in place with anchors and topropes
all upper pop up boards in place with anchors and topropes


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By Ian Hanson
Nov 16, 2013
Cold day in Rjukan, Norway

Does anybody have any experience with making small bouldering boards that can be folded up for storing? Hoping for dimensions in the 4´x4´x8´ area.


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By Chimi
Nov 17, 2013

BCarlson wrote:
Chimi - here's a pic of my woody that I just completed about a month ago, pretty similar to what you're describing. I put a roof on it (I live in Seattle), so the framing for the climbing section of the wall ties into the roof. It's very strong (I over designed it, but am planning on using for 10+ years so didn't want to under design it). In my opinion, and from what I've read researching, you should stick with each section of the wall at the same angle. The framing construction gets much more complicated (and not as strong if you're unsure of what you're doing) when you put multiple angles in. You can always make some big volumes (which I have put on since this picture) to add some more interesting movement. I'm not sure where you live and how you plan on building the free standing structure, but I would suggest putting the posts in the ground (3'+ deep, depending on frost levels). I went with (5) 16' 6x6 posts, with a 20' 6x10 running across the front posts and a 20' 4x4 across the back posts. Framed out the back wall and put strapping 2x4's to tie the posts together. 12' 2x6 roof joists on hurricane ties with galvanized roof. The wall framing is with 16' 2x6 16" OC. 3/4" ACX plywood. Initially there was some deflection with the posts while they were standing alone, but after you tie everything together it get's very stout. Overall size of the wall is 15' wide x 13' high (I wanted 16' wide for plywood layout but had to shrink it due to land constraints), with a 150 SF footprint (240 SF roof to protect the walls). 15 degree wall on the left, 30 degree wall on the right. I can take some more pictures showing the back of the wall if you'd like. Search around the web you'll find good amount of info. I actually spent quite a bit of time researching pole buildings for the structure.


Hey BCarlson!

After reading your suggestions, I think I might adopt a design similar to yours and ditch the idea of having a multi-pitch wall. Instead, maybe I'll do something like a 15 and 30 degree that into a roof. Or something like a 15 and 45. But I haven't actually put pencil to paper yet, so I'll keep thinking about something with multiple angles.

If you can take pictures of the backside, it'd be enormously helpful.

Thanks!


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By Woodchuck ATC
Nov 17, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Ian Hanson wrote:
Does anybody have any experience with making small bouldering boards that can be folded up for storing? Hoping for dimensions in the 4´x4´x8´ area.



I have no idea what a 'small bouldering board' is. Something you can hang up for use in a room of 4 X4X 8 area? Or is the board near those dimensions? I did have a single 4 by 8 sheet of plywood I hung from ceiling, and braced the bottome against the wall, for bouldering on. Just made hang moves, and reaches, since my body could almost reach the whole length of the board.


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By Ian Hanson
Nov 17, 2013
Cold day in Rjukan, Norway

I was thinking of somehting along the lines of: brewersledge.com/products/boulderboard
but as I live in Norway it wouldn´t be worth it to buy one. It is small so I wouldn´t really call it a woody. I don't have a ton of space so I was hoping to find some plans for a woody that could be put away when not using it. Until I move into a bigger place where I can build an actual wall


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By JonSpringer
Nov 17, 2013

barewall
barewall


holds
holds



just put up my first wall, now to place these holds


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By jonathan.lipkin
From Brooklyn, NY
Nov 19, 2013

You're gonna need more holds, trust me it gets addictive…


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