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Picture of Backyard Climbing and Training Wall
The wall is semi-permanent; meaning that the legs that support the climbing panels can be detached from the base and swing to lay the entire wall flat. While it is very heavy, two people can move it fairly easily. 
 
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Step 1: Design

Your design should incorporate everything you want to get out of your training. For me, my gym doesn't have any steep overhanging walls, only vertical. Also, I wanted to mount my hang board and rock rings for general training. And as you can see, thats pretty much all I can do with this wall. Also, the Home Owners Association (jerks) have no respect for the wall, meaning there would be a chance I would have to take it down or have the ability to store it because of their rules for the neighborhood.

All the math needs to be correct at this point since it'll tell you what sizes to cut all your pieces. Several websites offer calculators to assist you with figuring out the missing angles and lengths of wood if all you know is your max height or the angle you want to train for.

Be careful making your wall TOO steep or TOO vertical. If it gets to be more of a ceiling then many affordable holds may become unavailable to you and if its too steep then you won't truly be preparing for outdoor climbing. This wall measures to 36.6 Degrees.

Step 2: Panels

1) Lay out the panels and place trash bags around the edges so you don't inadvertently paint squares onto your driveway.
2) Paint the panels.

TIP: Take a small piece of extra wood and roll your trash bag down to a small circle and it'll catch all the drips off the side of the can and cleanup will be a breeze.


ajensen274 months ago
i like what you did. is this something a novice would use? I want to develop overall body strength and I used to climb trees as a kid. I also want my kid to use it to stay in shape.
M3G1 year ago
AWESOME!
wdsims631 year ago
Wow. that is a lot of positions. It's looking good though.
wdsims631 year ago
I don't think you needed the mending plates. Those are for but-joints. The way you are assembling this you should have nailed/screwed the boards together through the cross piece into the end of the board.
Toe-nailing is only for attaching a board when you can't get to the outside to sink a fastener through the piece into the end.
I would feel safer having 3" screws connecting everything versus the mending plates. They should hold, but it was probably a waste of money when you could have got enough fasteners (screws or nails) to do this for half the cost.
gmoon1 year ago
It looks good; lots of bouldering in a small area. Enjoy the campusing board--I'm too much of an old fart to do that anymore. I've dislocated two fingers over the years, and I'll stick to footwork. If it was me, I'd have a half a dozen jugs up there too to warm up on and work the "big" muscles...

Is it marine ply? I hope rain doesn't do a number on it. And hopefully the supports are well anchored. It would make a great sail, too.

Anyway, looks like a great effort so have fun...
Mave_Rick (author)  gmoon1 year ago
Its not marine plywood. Deck sealer to makes it water resistant. Thanks for the question!