/ Private climbing wall idea - Ayrshire.

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Maircolin - on 14 Jul 2017
I live in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and there's no climbing centres nearby. I volunteer with Above Adventure so I know the status of their centre idea. What I'm proposing is a bunch of local climbers getting together to build a small bouldering wall in a local building that we rent for cheap. No public so no insurance. A private club almost. No profits either, everyone pays to use it but the money pays for the wood, holds, mats, rent, bills and equipment. Has this been done anywhere else?
Analoguezombie - on 14 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

There's a place called the chapel in Macclesfield which is similar to what your proposing .

Small building with boards of all angles rather than routes/problems .
Snoweider - on 14 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

No idea about costs and logistics but this is something that I *might* be interested in. I'm a bit of a punter, based on Arran who misses a regular training facility. I work quite a bit in Ayr so could pop by somewhere like this if it worked for me. I could see it could also easily not be attractive to me if it was a bit cliquey, or all campus boards and overhangs.
deepsoup - on 14 Jul 2017
In reply to Snoweider:
This sounds a bit like the Schoolroom in Sheffield.

> ... if it was a bit cliquey, or all campus boards and overhangs.

Ah. On second thoughts, perhaps not. ;-)

thel33ter - on 16 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

There's a place like that in Massachusetts exactly as you describe called the Dojo. Didn't manage to go while I was there, however by the sounds of it it's pretty cool.

http://www.theeldojo.com

Could be worth popping them an email for advice etc.
mattaylor - on 19 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

We did this and formed a collective in Mossley in Greater Manchester. Rent a unit form a local mill owner squash court in size, came up with the design, costed it. Sought out members initial deposit then a monthly subscription which everyone pays into a bank account. Ordered wood, screws, t-nuts/plated nuts and of we went. Hard work and took a month to build. Now have a facility were we only pay £13.00 a month access 24hrs great for those with kids. Climb when you want.
craig1983 - on 19 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

Moving to Stewarton so would definitely be keen on this. Have some route setting experience at tca so could contribute if needed.
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Toerag - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

Our club has done it as we have no commercial walls here. We gained use of an old flower packing shed for free through personal contacts. The club provided a loan to get the wall built and people paid quarterly / annual subs to use it. Members built it themselves, even making holds from fibreglass resin and wood. They stored their bouldering mats in it and when funds allowed proper crashmats were bought. It has a moonboard (with LEDs) and another 5 boards of varying angle. Access is by pin code 7am-9pm due to houses close by. Works well, but needs things like re-routing & redecorating policies setting in advance as we had trouble with impatient people with no imagination wanting it re-routing monthly or arbitrarily deciding it was tatty, stripping half the walls and re-painting it with unsuitable paint without asking anyone. You'll also amass a substantial equity in holds, so you need some sort of ownership agreement.
I wouldn't be too sure insurance isn't needed either. Even if something isn't paid for you can still be sued.
radddogg - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

I suppose its only like a club hut so why not?

In fact I may propose it at our next club committee meeting.
alx - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to Toerag:
Good points from Toe.

You would need insurance, you can get specialist club or community centre insurance so could potentially be less financially painful that a mainstream business insurer.

I would also second the formation of a steering group of a few involved people whom can approve expenditures on maintenance and timeframes and ownership of stuff. Again it doesn't have to be an onerous affair, but if you clearly set out the framework on things such as inspections, maintenance, budget review, events you can't go too wrong.
Maircolin - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to craig1983:
I've emailed you
Pids - on 20 Jul 2017
In reply to Maircolin:

Like the idea in principle, just no sure how much I would be able to invest in this (time/effort).

Are you able to provide an update on how Above Adventures ideas are progressing - will their bouldering wall/area be seen this year?

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