Randi G. // St. Louis, MO
When did you build your wall?
Mid April… Thanks, covid-19!
How long did it take you to build?
Far too long. Maybe 2 weeks? My husband and I are not carpenters (and we mostly only got to work on it after work).
Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build?
Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
My husband only agreed to the wall because I promised that the room would still look nice and be functional as a guest room, so I guess it was inspired by that.
What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
Working out how to connect the supports and frame, since they’re all on one plane.
What would you do differently?
Build a more normal wall, one where the supports and frame are not on the same plane, and therefore are easier to attach.
What is your favorite aspect?
It’s small (8×10) but still has enough space for a few good moves and for interesting circuits (especially useful since I’m more of a route climber)
Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I even joined a woodworking forum to ask some things and they helped out so much (in addition to other climbers, of course)
Do you have any connection to climbing brands or gyms?
I do private lessons at Upper Limits in St. Louis and used to run the team at the Philadelphia Rock Gym.