Climbing Wall #4: Current wall that is an outdoor freestanding structure. Biggest wall to date with large 30 degree section to very steep roof. Bottom section is 12 ft wide by 8 ft of surface (effective height around 7ft) into the roof which is also 12x8 but at near horizontal. Great wall just can't use it as much in the winter.
Is your current freestanding wall stable? Did you have to do anything special to the ground it is on to ensure it wouldn't settle or shift too much? I've been considering something like this, and your wall looks just about perfect for what I want.
Andy - Is your current freestanding wall stable? Did you have to do anything special to the ground it is on to ensure it wouldn't settle or shift too much? I've been considering something like this, and your wall looks just about perfect for what I want.
There is little to no flex in the wall. A few key things on that wall is that duel upright supports off of the top corners;the ones going back into the wall from the top corner offers 100% of the strength while the ones going from the front positioned out prevent the structure from flipping forward.
The entire back piece is just 2x4's with the plywood. The 2x4's on the right and left sides are extra long to allow for the top to be attached using a single lag bolt on each side.
The top piece is a 2x4 frame with a 2x6 header (pictured with all of the snow sticking to its front) and then I built an additional strength across the middle which was two 2x4's screwed together forming a 90 degree angle and then screwing that into the upper frame.
For the angle all it is a lag bolt on each side put through the 2x4's which allows for you to modify the angle at time of building. Also the 2x8 supports that go out from the wall are all put into place with two bolts per connection.
The only thing I would like to change would be to put a footer at the bottom around 16" high to make the bottom section a little higher and make better use of the feet. Currently the bottom angle is only about 6.5-7ft high before getting into the roof which is a little low.
It has been outdoors now for 14+ months and has some signs of weathering but has not had any issues. The structure literally just sits on top of the ground and hasn't moved or shifted. I probably need to put some standard house siding on the top and back to prevent more weathering sometime soon, but it has not been a problem.
Let me know if you have any questions, I can also take detail photos if my explanations above need more clarification.
Climbing Wall #4 (2008-?): Current wall freestanding in my backyard. Biggest wall yet with fun roof. Only downside is weather dependent. Submitted By: Andy Librande on Dec 28, 2009
Hey Kiel - how did you make the texture bumps that look naturally built into the wall? Also is that actual wall-texture? Nice woody!
I actually bought the panels from a guy on craigslist. It appears he used a 45 degree jigsaw cut and then screwed it on to the full sheet. He even put t nuts in the bumps. I think he then smoothed it out with a spackle like substance. He had already painted it with Metolius paint and a homemade paint with coarse sand in it. I "sand caulked" the seams and then repainted everything with a "skid-stop" paint from Lowes. They sell extra fine grained sand as well, so I put two of those in the paint too. It is super grippy.
Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Kiel, that looks like a homeless persons pad under lower Wacker Drive in Chicago...with the holds added for a fine touch. Awesome.
Thanks Woodchuck! Yeah, it didnt quite turn out like Mike's pad, did it. I am making two more, so I have two more tries to redeem myself!
Built this free standing woody in my apartment awhile back. It was perfect because this was in my room (which was fairly small) so I would have to slid my mattress under it to sleep and I could just stare up at night visualizing sequences and wake up and literally climb out of bed!