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mrronoah


Aug 16, 2013, 4:54 AM
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Ok so I'm gonna get the "go climbing more" comments out of the way by saying that the closest gym to be is an hour and a half away by train and I go as often as I can (Monday, Friday and possibly a day on the weekend).

Ok so I am wondering how I can build a small bouldering wall or something similar. I am good at building stuff but not so great at designing it. I have looked around and I can see examples of things people have made but no actual design stuff. It has to be free standing and moveable, similar to brewers ledge boulderboard. Anyone know how I can make something like this?


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Small bouldering walls are rarely worth it. If you are able to go to the gym 3 times a week, that's pretty good, as long as you maximize your time there.

If I were to build something at home, I would keep it to just a small mounting area for 2-3 different hangboards, and a campus board, so you could do that kind of training at home, without driving 1.5 hrs each way.


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lena_chita wrote:
If I were to build something at home, I would keep it to just a small mounting area for 2-3 different hangboards, and a campus board, so you could do that kind of training at home, without driving 1.5 hrs each way.
How could I build it? The only way I could put up a hangboard is on a similar structure to what I described. Very interested in making a campus board but I'm a little nervous as to how durable it would be.


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mrronoah wrote:
lena_chita wrote:
If I were to build something at home, I would keep it to just a small mounting area for 2-3 different hangboards, and a campus board, so you could do that kind of training at home, without driving 1.5 hrs each way.
How could I build it? The only way I could put up a hangboard is on a similar structure to what I described. Very interested in making a campus board but I'm a little nervous as to how durable it would be.

Hangboard can go over a doorframe, you don't really need to build anything for it, but you can consolidate it with the campus board.

This tells you how to build a version of campus board:
http://www.indoorclimbing.com/campusboard.html

But you can be creative:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/...VL2s/s1600/board.jpg



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I've had a small bouldering wall for years, and if you are creative and disciplined it can very, very helpful. They are very simple to build, as well.
Certainly, there are limitations to a small woodie, but the limitations are more perceived than actual and although a gym or the rock is preferable, a bouldering wall is much, much more versatile than a campus board or a hangboard. Also, the bouldering wall can be used as a hangboard - that's what I do.


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lena_chita wrote:
Hangboard can go over a doorframe, you don't really need to build anything for it, but you can consolidate it with the campus board.
I would have to, theres no way my mum would let me drill holes in the wall haha. I also looked at getting the blank slate but couldnt find one in Australia.
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I've had a small bouldering wall for years, and if you are creative and disciplined it can very, very helpful. They are very simple to build, as well.
How did you build yours?


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How did you build yours?

2x 3s, plywood, drywall screws. I don't have any carpentry skills, but they aren't needed - it's simple construction and there are examples circulating around the internet. I'm not avoiding you question, but it really is quite easy. Mine is free standing - they don't have to be attached to anything to be stable.
As far as size of the wall. Malcolm Smith trained for the second ascent of Hubble using a tiny litte wall in his bedroom, Dave McLeod's wall (Pictures on his blog) is not that big, and there are lots of mortals such as you and I that have used very small home woodies with excellent results. Better than a gym or the rock? No, not all. Better than hangboard or a campus board? Absolutely.


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