/ Outdoor Training Wall

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rustaldo - on 05 Aug 2013

I'm looking at putting up a training wall at my home, however due to a lack of space it's probably going to have to be outdoors.

What implications does this have for the T-Nuts?

Has anyone got an outdoor wall of their own and what (if any) are the problems/issues with having one?

I've seen outdoor walls before but never paid that much attention to the state of the holds/wall in general.

Is this just a bad idea from the get go?

I was hoping I'd be able to leave it up semi-permanently once its built and only take it down in the depths of winter when I'd be crazy to go outside.

Before anyone jumps up and says that winter training is the whole point of a home based training wall, it's down to a simple choice of: outdoor wall or no wall!

Thanks for any advice,

In reply to rustaldo: avoid zinc plated t-nuts and bolts - worth getting stainless. Customholds are reasonably priced as is climbukshop.

TonyB - on 05 Aug 2013
In reply to rustaldo:


This is my outdoor wall. I'm really pleased with it. I've only had it since February so I'm not in the best position to comment about how well it will last but I certainly have some opinions.

I can't see why you would take it down in winter. If you bought marine grade ply and treated wood it should last for many years. Mine is angled so that it catches the evening sun. I plan to use it year round. I've heard that in winter you can use wooden holds and they feel less cold, but to be honest I think you can boulder outside in the cold and you can rest, warm up inside.

I initially found that after rain it would seep through all the holes for the bolt ons and take some time to dry. I solved this by putting a bitumen roof on the back. Now it stays dry in the rain and I can climb almost any time on it. During the heat wave it was too hot and I could only really use it late in the evening or early in the morning.

I think the outdoor wall is a really good idea. I made mine with a joiner who uses this site (browndog33). I would certainly recommend doing something similar because although there were certain parts that I could have done myself, building the frame requires quite a bit of skill.

But it's been well worth building and I'm very happy with it.
KingStapo - on 05 Aug 2013
In reply to rustaldo:

Mine is currently indoors but will be moving outdoors when we move to the new house as i don;t have a big enough garage for it.

I'm planning on investing in a lot of tarp and essentially building a little shelter for it. Tempted to get a bunch of that foam filler spray and spray it all over the important nails and bolts on the back that are holding it together, not seen that done before, but it feels like it would be useful.
browndog33 - on 05 Aug 2013
In reply to TonyB: Thanks for the heads up Tony, I'm glad you are still happy with the wall nearly half a year on.
Kieran_John - on 06 Aug 2013
In reply to TonyB:

Did you need any kind of planning permission for this? I built mine in the garage purely because the neighbours are the kind to kick up a fuss if anything over the height of a fence is put up, but I'd prefer to have a larger wall outside.
TonyB - on 06 Aug 2013
In reply to Kieran_John:

I think this depends on the council. Ours allows temporary climbing frames within certain guidelines. I asked the neighbours before building it and tried to locate it in the place where it was the least visible from their garden (i.e. behind some trees). I wouldn't have done it if the neighbours hadn't agreed.
rustaldo - on 06 Aug 2013
In reply to rustaldo: Cheers for all the advice so far, I'll be sure to get some pics up when its done!

whiteexplorer - on 07 Aug 2013
I recently built a climbing wall in my garden ,there are a number of factors to take in account regarding its size (height mainly),and its distance from neighbouring boundaries,info is easily available online from your local planing department,I luckily got the go ahead from my neighbour as i was putting it in place of two massive Leylandi trees that were shading her garden.Its 3 meters wide ,2 meters deep and 3 meters high with inclined walls and an overhang in the roof,the whole structure is clad with timber and roofed with corrugated bitumen sheets so can be used all year round.The Tnuts i used were zinc plated ones which show no signs of corrosion so far ,which is good as i live only a few yards from a beach in Newquay ,where its not uncommon to find your car and windows etc covered with salt spray.If you want any more information get in touch,bast wishes Tom

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