Zachary Joseph’s Homewall in Lakeville, MN

    Zachary Joseph

    Zachary Joseph // Lakeville, MN

    When did you build your wall?
    June through October of 2017.

    How long did it take you to build?
    About 9 months as it was built in sections / phases.

    Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build?
    Roughly $3000 for the plywood, wood and t-nuts.

    Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
    I have had many friends with home walls in the past, and also I have had a lot of experience setting on many commercial walls as a professional routesetter. Over time I have learned what angles and features I prefer, for example this wall features a 5 degree positive slab wall which is one of my favorites on which to set and climb!

    What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
    The 14 foot 45 degree wall required the help of a good friend and in total probably was 2-3 weeks alone in its build. Aside from that, it wasn’t a lot of fun to secure the ceiling panels.

    What would you do differently?
    I would have used even less angle changes – any time you have multiple angle walls it tends to force the same movement due to the nature of how holds and volumes interact with the wall

    What is your favorite aspect?
    My favorite aspect other than the sick holds I get to showcase is that I am able to climb and train whenever it is convenient!

    Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
    Keep your wall builds simple – one long 45 degree angle wall will serve you a lot better than 3 different angle changes. You can always adjust the angle and difficulty of your wall with volumes.

    Do you have any connection to climbing brands or gyms?
    I have a connection with a ton of brands in the industry – too many to list actually as I have relationships with many companies through my personal brand Climbing Hold News Reviews.

    Zachary Joseph

    Zachary Joseph