Having the chance of doing what you love is one of the reasons why life can be such a nice delightful trip. FinishBuild staff is particularly excited about this topic because is aware that might be useful for our team in order to learn more about Indoor Climbing. When it comes about indoor climbing, time seems to go slower; this is due to the fact that when you are practicing this activity you use your entire body.
The fact that climbing exercise engages and works all the muscles group simultaneously, allows you to use and improve your balance and coordination. In addition turns out to be a challenging and motivating experience.
Since it is an activity that you can perform not only on your own but with friends, is an excellent excuse to build new social relationships, increase self-confidence, and create new trust bonds. At FinishBuild we support the “hand-by-hand” learning process, therefore, before jumping on how to build your own climbing place, let’s start with the basics.
What is a climbing wall?
Climbing walls are design to provide you different levels of difficulty that might require technique skills and resilience. However, power of will is what you need the most. Climbing walls are an artificial structure comprised of shaped climbing holds that are attached to the surface both randomly and in specific routes. Before starting, where there is a lack of security cushions, climbers are secured with a safety harness to a climbing rope. On these cases climbing processes are a two person job, because while one is climbing the other as the belayer, is ensuring the safety of the climber.
If you are interested on trying the climbing feature, there are some items you would definitely need for improve your style. First of all, whether you are looking for having a different workout or start a new indoor climbing path is climbing shoes acquirement. The second one would be a chalk bag, which is vital for you to keep your hands dry in order to improve your holds grip. A harness and a belay device would be the last but not least friends you must have to climb happy and safe.
Where to build a Climbing wall?
A home climbing wall does not need to be complex. You can get an excellent work-out on a straight or slightly overhung, straight floor-to-ceiling wall. Regarding the place to build a climbing area, it is important for you to keep in mind that it has to be a place that would be only dedicated to train and improve yourself, or a social area as well, for example one of your house backside wall where you can gather multifunctional activities including hanging out with friends. Home climbing frames can provide you outstanding benefits for years to come. The standard ceiling height of a garage or an empty room, such as that one that most of all members use to store items is just perfect for a home bouldering wall.
Subsequently, once you have the settled space, is time for the real deal: design and planning, modeling a wall, material and equipment, construction techniques. If you are in the mood for building an indoor climbing wall You already have one step ahead in terms of durability, whether outdoor climbing wall can provide you the outdoors experience, an interior home climbing wall will always be a comfortable temperature and may last longer, elements like rain and sun won’t damage your personal gym, so there would not be wood weathering. On the other hand, tighten each hold every day due to loosening caused by temperature changes or worrying about rusty bolts, or even buying stainless steel bolts would not be an issue. This is a definitely plus saving money and future extra maintenance.
What is the best material to build a climbing wall?
In order to have strong walls and ceilings the key is the type of material. Outdoor walls can be taller and larger, but you need to develop a system to support them and weather proof them and you will need to create a landing area which will be clean and safe. Take into account that for a climbing wall project the basics structures you might need are:
- A strong frame configuration, which would be the one that would maintain your climbing wall.
- A resilience flat piece of wood for supporting your holds and bodyweight.
FinishBuild staff has the following suggestion:
Plywood our first choice, while it is inexpensive, if you used correctly it does not have to look low-priced. In terms of durability, plywood is very tough due to the fact its manufacturing process. Since plywood is normally layered several times over the panels have an extra strength to support and provide a vital structure, this is why plywood is commonly used for shelfs, counters and bookcases. However, if you are going for a natural wood look you will either need to sand and finish the plywood because panels do not are very colorful.
Homemade climbing walls have a few things in common, but in terms of what base do they use in most of the cases are plywood panels. Plywood panels all are made of thick 3/4 inch with strong framing behind, which regularly are 2×6 on 16 inch centers or 2×4 on 12 inch centers. and they have a plentiful supply of T-nuts, which are the systems you might need to install climbing holds.
Considering timber as climbing wall option is also valid. Timber is not toxic and is safe to handle and touch, which represents a nice characteristics for climbing projects. Nevertheless, FinishBuild recommends joining eco-friendly material. But if you are in the mood of investing on Timber, you may find out that timber or wood is a natural insulator and can reduce energy needs especially when it is used in windows, doors and floors.
For a Climbing wall, wood would enhance your workouts, giving you a natural atmosphere. Being light, it is easy to install and can be worked with simple equipment.
After opening climbing holes on the panel, you would definitely may require T-nuts. These little beauties get into the panel holes on the back of the ply so when bolts go through, there is a nut there waiting to hold on securely. According to DIY owners, the recommended is 3/8th measure bolts. Nevertheless, remember that size should fit your holds, make sure you match them with the correct T-nuts. These friends would be the responsible of climbing holds installation, so be picky about the purchasing part.
“Learn to love what you have been taught to fear”