Matt TnGaio’s Homewall in Idaho Falls, ID

    Matt TnGaio // Idaho Falls, ID

    When did you build your wall? Was it a “COVID baby”?
    Winter of 2018/19, well before the COVID madness began.

    How long did it take you to build and what did that time look like?
    It took roughly a couple of months (weekends). I had to tear out shelves and rearrange things in the garage beforehand though.

    Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build? Any surprises there?
    This was my third wall-build so I knew what to expect. I think I spent around $500, minus holds.

    What are you doing for padding?
    6 crash pads. I’m able to store them behind the wall when not in use so my wife and I can still park in the garage…which is nice during winters in Idaho.

    What was your primary incentive for the wall? Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
    Convenience was the main factor. We have a nice gym where I live but it’s nice to have the garage wall for pure training purposes.

    What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
    None, really. I had a pretty clean slate to work with so that was nice. The wall ended up at 45 degrees overhanging, 12′ W x 9.5′ T with a 1′ kicker panel.

    What would you do differently?
    Buy a house with a bigger garage or shop!

    Did you make any mistakes along the way or choose to re-do any aspects?
    The only thing I would do differently would be to use screw-in t-nuts, not pound-ins. Next time for sure.

    What is your favorite aspect?
    The simplicity of a continuous steep angle.

    How often do you use the wall? Do you think you’ll still use it as much when the gyms fully open back up?
    1-2 times a week.

    Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
    Measure twice, cut once.

    Do you have any connection to climbing brands or gyms?
    None, but a majority of my holds are Atomik.