/ critique my climbing wall design please.. before we build it.
space we're planning on using for phase one of the wall is 10 ft wide x10 ft long x10 ft high (got loads more space available but want to keep it at this right now)
building it at the back of the garage
two facing walls will have a 40 degree board meeting 20 degree board at the top (so facing each other and meeting at the top ..which they will just about do given the space we're using)
side walls and back wall of garage will be used as support, back wall of garage will just be flat as not much of it left because of the angle of the two side boards
in terms of possibility oftw*tting ourselves on the opposite wall are these angles realistic.. we thought so but want to know what you lot think.
My personal preference would be for a steep board of around 30 degrees and another of around 15 degrees. I have found that if the board is too steep, I had to use large footholds to be be able to keep my feet on.
just wondering if anyone has used a similar design
When I built mine I messed about with the idea of having two angled panels meeting at the top. But as someone said, it does mean you lose the top foot or so of usable space.
In the end I built a 40 degree overhang, then a flat roof, and a slightly angled panel on the other side. It works well as it means you can use the full height of the panels on all walls, it also significantly adds an amount of swing space, if you come off near the top with the panels joining, you are going to smash yourself on the other wall.
what sort of angle do you have on the opposite wall?
we are thinking of adding another 20 degree wall nearby without anything opposite it.
I have got a 40 degree ish overhang, then about a 3-4ft horizontal roof, then a combination. One 4ft panel is vertical, the other one is an angled overhang that is about 15 degrees. Kind of difficult to explain.
That is from the wrong side unfortunately. The overhang on the right is at an angle and goes to vertical at the other side.
Gives plenty of falling space from the big overhang. And the roof is a lot of fun to play on. Even if it is a bit small
light at the top is a good plan too
good storage space too... we were going to go for an adjustable wall but thought the storage space would be useful
Its about 10 ft high from the crash mats, so nearer 11 from the floor. The storage is massively useful, put most of our bikes behind it. I think the space for the overhangs was about an 11 ft box. Then a bit more managed to fit round the back of the garage door. I think overall there are 9 or 10 sheets of 8 ft by 4 ft ply in there. So about 300 square feet of climbing surface.
Is good but amazingly hard on your skin for some reason.
Message me through the forum if you want, I can give you some more details. I built the thing to last, I suspect it is the strongest structure in our house to be honest.
Best thing I've found is to make a little model out of balsa wood or similar then you can check the angles and whether falling will cause you to clash with something, etc.
The model for ours was only cereal packet but really useful. Ours was two different angle boards next to each other. I was just wondering with your design - given that you say you have more space - whether only one person can climb at once and if so would that bother you? But having any wall of your own is so great, you'll love it, get building!!
I'm really motivated and think a good bike ride followed by a training wall session makes for a perfect day.. Especially when tea can be cooking whist you train a :-)
Good idea about cereal packet.. We originally thought about to boards next to each other at different angles but only wanted this if they could be,adjustable so we have options with use if garage space.. Ie if we get made redundant we want to put all of belongings in the, and garage, rent the house out and go travelling!
How wide is the space?
I have seen a great set up which has a 45 degree board of around 1m20 wide with a 40cm kickboard.
By the side, same kickboard, there is a 30 degree board. That creates a hanging groove which is vertical but could also be overhanging at 10degree?
Both sides (left of 45 and right of 30) could be vertical and off vertical for the same length as the overhangs?
I feel that 2 overhangs meeting is not a great use of space unless there is enough of a roof( say a meter) for a nice transition and top moves with swings.
The space is big..,10 feet wide by about 35 feet long and 10 feet high. The space.we want touse first is 10 feet x 10 feet x 10 feet
Think we could do a four foot roof between the two over hanging walls.
Don't forget to factor in that the edges won't be very usable. ie if the room/garage is 10' wide (wall to wall), you will realistically only have a 7-8' climbable bit in the middle. Don't have the two angled boards meeting at an apex, definitely separate them with a narrow section of roof.
If it were me, I'd probably just have a decent, mono-pitched, 45° woodie. Had I the space available I'd have done mine that way. As it is, it's about 17° and 10' x 10'.
Sorry, missed your 22:14 post when typing. By the sounds of it you'll have plenty of room for climbing to the edges and flagging / swinging etc if it's a 35' long space!
Here are csome pics of my garage wall. Might be of use.
You'll have no usable headroom if the boards meet at the top, it'll be useless. Make one adjustable board, it's cheaper and it'll feel less claustrophobic.
Here's a picture of mine which has a 30 and 45 degree angled boards side by side. I originally built the 30 and then added the 45. Makes for interesting traverses between the two and you get an aręte. I like the variety of angles but prefer the 30 as I can use a bigger variety of holds on it (stronger people may prefer 45)
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