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USnavy


Mar 31, 2010, 2:17 AM

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Re: [ceramiclover] Bolting a Ropes Course Wall
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ceramiclover wrote:
Yes, we will be leading.
Well then you are going to have some issues. I would not use a piece of steel on the back of the wall to distribute the force. They did this back in the old days but I wouldn’t do that now. Eldorado Climbing Walls builds the entire exoskeleton of their walls with 3/16" steel. Also those Pine Wood 2x4's are not something I would trust to hold a lead fall, they are not that strong. If you intend to lead on the wall, the wall must have a frame designed to hold lead falls. I have never heard of a wall with lead climbing that has a frame built of anything else other then steel.

If you attach the bolts to 2x4's or spreader plates and a bolt pulls, it’s almost guaranteed any law suit filed against you would result in a judgment in the plaintiff's favor. Additionally, your insurance company may decline to cover any damages from the incident when they find out you were using 2x4's to hold lead falls. Even if the "wall inspector" green lights your wall, an investigation would show that any major climbing wall manufacturer uses steel and that no manufacturer would recommend the use of wood to support a lead fall.

That said I would look at rebuilding the frame of your wall if you really want to lead on this wall. Lastly, be careful if you do a multi-pitch class on the wall. Factor two falls are not forgiving and if someone takes one, I can almost guarantee you an injury is going to come with it.


(This post was edited by USnavy on Mar 31, 2010, 2:19 AM)



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