I just learnt about pulhamite (google it). Basically it's artificial rock and I just saw matey on telly use it to cover a wooden frame thus 'manufacturing' a boulder.
You can imagine where my train of thought went after seeing this. How feasible do you think it is to construct a massive wooden frame in your garden, cover it in pulhamite and fashion a few V5s into it (other grades are available)?
It'd be intrinsically weather proof. I imagine feasibility all comes down to how strong the 'rock' is.
> (In reply to Hazelnuts)
> Good point, but the training wall I built in my garage is really dull and I've changed the holds around loads of times.
I don't think having one set of holds permanently in place will remotely solve that problem. Find that Malc Smith video about setting problems on a small wall, focusing on footwork. It's on the net somewhere.
I use a board that me and a pal built in his tiny spare room; making creative moves is definitely a black art and in my opinion making them to work to your weaknesses is harder again. But I don't think a permanent wall outside will help.
But imagine building a freaking huge roof in your back garden. ^_^
How about a 'proper' rock wall/boulder/cave with some bolt holes and tee-nuts to chuck a few different holds every now and then? Much like some of the walls at Mile End and the Castle, but more 'rocky'?
To be honest I think the enjoyment of just building a massive 'boulder' in your back garden over a summer could be more enjoyable in itself than the climbing you get out of it.
In reply to adstapleton: A bit random this, but I once rented a bungalow and fixed a load of holds on the walls either side of the hallway... I arranged them so I could get from the bedroom to the bathroom or living room without touching the floor.... just an idea ? (BTW< Landlord didn't seem to mind, as we was going to rip it to bits when I moved out anyway)