Scott Rennak’s 1996-97 attic homewall


    This was my first real homewall, and still one of the best. So many friends had so much fun up in that attic. We made many holds of wood and rock, but also bought whatever plastic we could from the local gym Vertical Adventures, the only place to buy grips on Columbus, OH, in those days. It was 24ft (3 sheets) wide and featured 16×8 45-degree overhang screwed directly to the roof trusses. Glad the landlord never noticed. Everything had to fit through a tiny window so all the ply was cut into 4ft widths. Got me hooked, got me strong.

    Scott built his first homewall in 1995 and last one in 2019 just before the pandemic, with plenty between. He's made grips from wood and stone, carved shapes from clay and foam, and poured PU, PE and fiberglass. Over the years Scott has helped launch a few hold brands, worked for and set routes at a handful of gyms, and has organized a bunch of comps and events. He's currently the publisher/owner of CBJ. But the homewall is where it started, and is where his heart lies.