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threerivers


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I am the Program Director for a Residential Program for children ages 6 - 12. I am trying to build a traversing wall for the kids to use and am looking for regluations or guidelines for how high the walll can be without requiring a harness? Any further ideas and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to your responses.

Rob

P.S - We live in Massachusetts


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Not to high, like maybe 10-15 feet, with lots of crash pads and such below


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Most of us climbers would prefer a bouldering wall to be at least 12-15ft high, but liability concerns in schools and public rec facilities have led to the adoption of the standard 8ft high traversing wall. These walls are not climbing walls, that sounds too dangerous. The mention of climbing causes risk managers to quiver and lawyers to salivate.


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^ You serious?

Try to keep their torsos from going above 8 feet. You can let the older ones possibly get their feet up to 8-9 if they can do it. Make suer the bottom is lined with crashpads. The gym I sused to work at had a 4inches of gymnatsics foam over 3 inches of carpet foam and they had a red-line going around the gym at like 12 feet from which one can traverse around and fall from that height an not hurt themselves.Of course I fell from higher than that..you know just to test it :twisted:


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We've designed and built several traversing walls for elementary, middle and high schools in the Miami area. PM me after Wednesday (going climbing) and I can give you some advice. Or if you'd really like we could come up there and build it for you, but I'm guessing that might put you over budget what with the airplane tickets and all. Decide soon before it gets too cold to climb!


saxonyclimber


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^ You serious?:

Unfortunately I am.
Keep in mind, I am not referring to commercial climbing gyms, but rather the average elementary school/rec center. I spent some time in a community where the school district caught some flack, because a kid broke his arm on a 10ft "climbing wall." The attorney for the kids parents argued that the school, district and gym teacher were negligent, because the teacher lacked essential training for supervising a specialized activity like rock climbing (for some reason, nobody had a problem when kids fell off playground equipment).
Now all of the schools in that district have walls for the benign and health-promoting activity of traversing.


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Uhh Sorry Saxony Climber THat post was directed to the guy above you.


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[quote "kahuna3602"]We've designed and built several traversing walls for elementary, middle and high schools in the Miami area. PM me after Wednesday (going climbing) and I can give you some advice. Or if you'd really like we could come up there and build it for you, but I'm guessing that might put you over budget what with the airplane tickets and all. Decide soon before it gets too cold to climb![/quote]

I m interested with your service.maybe we can have a discussion..


JasonsDrivingForce


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USA climbing prohibits the kids aged 12 and under from climbing with their entire body above 3 meters(just under 10 feet) in competitions. However, there really is no "safe" height.

Climbing is dangerous. That is why you have to sign a waiver to climb.


guangzhou


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I've done some consulting with public schools and built a few walls. Spent a decade as a school teacher and now train school faculties on how to use their climbing/bouldering walls. Shoot me a PM.

I do agree with the 8FT bouldering wall for Elementary schools in many states. Middle Schools tend to be a bit different.

Private versus public school will make a huge difference too.


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