Me, my wife, 2 dogs living in Poland. We also make occasional vlog usually featuring our Home Climbing Wall: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC98QAzWa2JAqqi9WuiKCu2g
PLANS AND HOPES:
We wanted to build ourselves a bouldering wall outside of our “vacation” house. We aren’t big fans of “training” and prefer climbing / problem solving part of the sport. So the priority was to have some space to set some interesting problems. Because our visit usually last only a few days we would have to take off holds every time.
We made a model using Blender (open source 3d modeling program that we have some experience using) and started working on it.
Decision was to make a wall 30 degree. In our opinion it’s steep enough to be able to get tired on good holds, but also not so steep that you can’t work on small crimps (without any volumes help).
Also decided to make plywood 3.75m in length (3.25m wall height). That way we would be able to do a few moves in vertical direction (as that’s what climbing is mostly about) and not only travers around. Also that’s standard size of 3 plywoods put together, moonboard size etc.
In our opinion on 30 degree wall kicker was unnecessary so we dismissed that quickly.
As we had plenty space decision was to made frame wider than the plywood to avoid collision with pillars. Also this gives us an easy way to extend it later if we would want to. Standalone version seemed more flexible choice.
We used construction wood of size 0.14m x 0.7m as it seemed to give in result more solid construction (and we are happy with the result).
We used M10 bolts as out friend calculated that it should be enough.
To prevent wood from dragging water from the ground we used concrete bricks (visible on the pictures) which we think was the easiest and effective enough option.
Was not a breeze. Managed to put it together with 3 people in total. There was definitely some uncertainity along
Not getting into details, the one thing we did and might help others (as we did not think about it at first) was to install metal connector before applying each shit of plywood. For the first one we screwed it beneath designated position so we would be able to support plywood from beneath. For second and third we created a small “pocket holder” (visible on the picture) so getting plywood to position and installing it was unexpectedly a breeze (despite height and their size). Pictures attached.
Later on my wife added graphic on our panel inspired by Andy Westface’s art.
Decided to orded 4 sets of holds to have as much variety as possible with spending as little money as possible:
We wanted everything to be attachable using spax only. Probably in the future will add some t-nuts in the wall though very widely. As I have quite some experience with routesetting and my wife have some we don’t “tinker” that much when setting and a full grid of t-nuts might more of an obstacle then help. Though I don’t know if this way plywood won’t get worn out faster. Guess we’ll find out.
We chose T-Wall holds Polska as they have very cheep option for basic home set (though probably not available everywhere).
We are quite happy with our choices. Might get some more crimpy crimps though in the future
As weather in our location is not very predictable so we decided to make a little bit more interesting training tool indoor. Also as we won’t have holds constantly attached to our wall so we needed something to warm up on before getting onto “harded” projects. Photos are attached. Maybe it will insipre someone to create something similar
WHAT IS MISSING
Jugs for down climbing. Did not thought about those before.
Some coating in case of rain.
More crash pads or a mattress.
Probably more holds to keep climbing interesting.