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Offline zippyslug

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home climbing walls
« on: April 13, 2007, 11:22:38 am »
Just wondering how many of you have walls at home?  I have a very modest 10x10 wall that I used to boulder on, but I'm finding that it's becoming much more useful for aid techniques, practice, experiments, what-have-you.  This is pretty much a requirement for me living in the rainy PacNW. :(

Anybody else find these usefull?  Any pics?  I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2007, 01:43:20 pm »
Haven't built one at the new house yet ( it will be about 6' plus 2'  x 24' high with a left hand dihedral ) but her is a picture of the last one - 4' x 16' - during a drunken climber party!!


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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007, 11:23:42 am »
This previous pic from Craig reminds me that somewhere I have a pic of a drunk chick on my wall during a party.  Will have to find that.

Ok, hijacking my own pic from another thread for the moment, but what the hell.... I need to get some real pic of the wall. 
For now, he's my wall in the background.  Couple of tips (and seeing the pic reminds me of them): you can use manufactured stone pieces (scored from construction sites) as holds.  Just carefully drill holes and then toss wood screws through them.  Works pretty well with only the occasional hold blowing.  Just makes it more "real".
Another thought is to make some interesting shapes on the wall.  It's a little hard to tell, but there is a 3-d trapazoid shape on the wall a few feet long/wide.  Just sticking the holds onto it, too, makes for funner terrain to climb.  Also, I have my wall set on a hing doo-dad so I can alter the angle for those occasional days of feeling like superman.


Will definitely have to get some better pictures, and some with it tilted out...

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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007, 12:23:57 pm »
I built a home wall seveal years ago after getting really tired of the loud music that the gym closest to home would play all the time. Probably showing my age here! The photo shoes only one end of it. Its 10 feet high and 25feet long and has about 250 holds, mainly metolius seconds. I use it pretty much all winter but not as much as I should.



PS: Great job on the ledge.

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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007, 01:39:23 pm »
HAHAHA..... this is so funny since this was pretty much me last night (sans the TV; gotta get me one of those!).

Nice wall.  25' long would be pretty sweet.  Where do you get Metolious seconds?

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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 04:35:10 pm »
I got the holds from wilderness exchange unlimited in Denver. They're one of the main distributors of seconds for Metolius. Once they're on the wall you don't know they're seconds. It's usually things like air bubbles in the back, or a minor chip or two. The wall is in my extended garage.

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Re: home climbing walls
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2007, 09:32:25 am »
Cool, thanks for the info on the seconds.

Here's a few better shots of my wall.
"upright mode" -


"tilted mode"-


close up of the locking pins that hold the wall in any of a half-dozen angles of tilt-

I was pretty pleased how this mechanism turned out since there are 2 spring loaded "pins" that hold the wall; these can be disengaged from the ground so you can get it to the desired angle quickly and then climb away.

Note the (pretty crummy) crack made with 4x4s, the "amoeba" which is just 2 layers of 1" pressboard (backing layer is smaller to allow holds on the top layer), and the 3-d angled trappazoid from hell (which is a pain in the ass to move around).  All of these features are just attached via screws so you can mix it up as needed.

I've had this setup for a couple years so far and it's been great.

Come on the rest of you.... there's got to be more walls out there!  Post 'em!

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Re: home climbing walls (drunk chick)
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2007, 09:31:13 am »
As promissed (I know you've all been holding your breath); one drunk chick on my wall:

Tramp stamp in all it's glory


"But officer, I dron't dink"