/ Building a Moonboard
That looks impressive, just be careful how many mates you tell, they'll all be round wanting a go. Good effort!
Impressive effort, but £2400 for a sort bit of bouldering wall!
I offer-up from my garden 20 vertical feet of campus board readily dismantled composed of
2 x 9mm Ply sheets £50
60 linear feet 1 inch batten £20
Screws and Glue £10
10 Hooks £25
2 slings, 2 Screw gates and static rope borrowed from trad climbing gear. £0
phenomenal for drytooling training, as a supplement to bouldering for strength and technique training.
Great stuff. I'm planning to do similar in March, though skipping the LED's and official Moon holds (for now). Also adding a side panel as it'll be against a fence anyway.
Encouragingly, if I strip out the bits I'm not considering:
Marine Ply (3 x 12mm sheets 2.4 x 1.2m) £180
Treated Timber (Posts and Framing) £225
Screw-in T-Nuts and Bolts £120
Corrugated roof sheets £75
Gets it in the £400-500 range which is what I was budgeting.
The only variance I was thinking was using ground-screw fixings rather than concreting in the posts. How sturdy is yours?
It feels pretty bomber - there's no noticeable flex when climb on it and we lost 2 fence panels in the storm a couple of weeks ago but it didn't budge. I probably over designed it but it acts as a bit of a sail so I was a bit worried about coming home to find a panel in next doors' garden with one of their kids underneath it.
I'd say marine ply, treated timber and stainless fixings are a must but you could save quite a bit elsewhere.
Timber - check out saw mills rather than builders merchants and order all at once to save on delivery
Concrete - I used postcrete which was easy but making your own mix would save half the cost (ground screws could work - I'd probably want the 2 main vertical posts to be in concrete though).
Roof Sheets - Polycarbonate would have been cheaper than bitumen sheets. Even a well fixed PVC backed sheet could work.
Holds - I felt the moonboard holds were a must but if I did it again I'd just get Set A and B and skip the original school holds for now.
LEDs - Easy to miss out and saves you the hassle of fitting them!
Mats - Plenty of options like using old mattresses or ringing round local schools/gyms to see if any old crash mats are due to be skipped anytime soon.
Paint - I ended up spending more than I expected on paint but probably could have done it cheaper.
Do the LEDs denote the holds to be used?!
A great drytooling venue if that's your thing but.....
My backyard is my fortress of solitude. It’s where I go to refine, re-group, and practice the skills needed to take on my dreams that lay ahead.
.....that is utter horseshit.
Yeah, you select a problem from the app (connected via bluetooth) and it lights the LEDs, green for starting hold(s), red for finishing hold and blue for the rest.
It's really easy to set new problems and add them to the app for others to climb.
Wow, cool [insert jaw drop emoji]
Impressive, but a note of caution. Those vertical uprights would scare me. I use a moonboard at a wall and swinging sideways with a leg or missing a hold and coming off could send you into the post. Perhaps pad them??
Cool. I've already built a vertical wall attached to the side of the house (https://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.php?id=288335) and have a few bits left over from that (t-nuts etc.) This gets tarp'ed when not it use. but was thinking of corrugated plastic for the back of the Moonboard.
Bought a job-lot of holds ages back including loads of jugs (or jugs on a slab anyway), so no rush for official Moon ones yet - currently very weak thanks to new children detracting from climbing, so think official MB problems would be depressing at first :D
I just use my bouldering mats when climbing.
Wasn't going to both painting really - no friction (unlike the vert wall), so would just be for looks - possibly just primer and/or decking paint.
Nice work!!!! That looks really solid, and you're going to have a blast on that.
Brilliant! Thanks for sharing, the finish is excellent.
Nice work. I built mine in 2006. Still going strong. You won't regret it!
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