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Building A Home Climbing Wall

Sep 4, 2007
A rock-climbing wall is the best solution to your regular gym woes, as it considered exercise for the whole-body. It is a fantastic workout, with maximum pressure laid on the athlete's back and overall physique. If you are looking for methods to include this exercise in your daily routine and don't have enough time to do so, the best possible option is to bring the exercise home. All you need to do is to build a miniature rock-climbing wall at home.

A rock-climbing wall would require a variety of angles between walls, with less than ninety-degree elevation between overhangs and verticals. The accuracy in construction would require making sketches and discussing designs with engineers and veteran rock-climbers about angles, holds, sizes and location.

Popularly known as a 'Woodie', since wood is used in the framework, it is user-friendly, safe and easily disposable. The basic design features individual wooden walls constructed separately and combined together to form a compact lumbar framework. The framework can then be rested upon or attached to an existing wall in the house for support and balance. Normally, plywood is used to cover the lumber framework, you can also use hard plastic-bounded wood sheets to envelope the frame. After the wall is completed, you can arrange the holds employing the services and guidance of a professional rock-climber, by doing so you will ensure safety as irregularly placed holds can cause internal irreparable strains and injuries.

Finally, you would need to position your rock-climbing wall. A well-sheltered isolated room with a high ceiling could serve your purpose here. It is recommended that the wall remains indoors, to guarantee a longer shelf life. For building rock-climbing walls in your backyard, you can use a children's tree house or a dead tree.

Another common question is the amount of weight a rock-climbing wall will hold. Rock climbing walls are extremely heavy. You need an equally strong structure to support the dead load, which is the weight of the wall itself and live loads (the climbers). The live load may differ and accordingly you may need to make the wall elastic. The amount of elasticity of the wall would assist the dynamic shift of load on the surface. Besides, the support structure should be able to sustain, if the stress is increased.

Most climbers prefer a freestanding wall. The wall is self-sustaining and does not damage any existing structure. Though the technology used in building a freestanding wall is more advanced, it may require wider framing materials and additional bracing. The design would need the guidance of architects and engineers. Finally, a 'woodie' can also be used by professionals for personal training. A professional can easily perform free flowing bouldering sessions with a variety of moves. A free flowing woodie, would require extra space and good planning. The wall is only recommended for professional sportsmen and requires monthly maintenance.

To conclude, a well-constructed rock-climbing wall can be a good means to improve your agility. Building a rock-climbing wall is considerably easy. You can either build one on your own or browse online for resources available that would help in self-creating a home rock climbing wall.
About the Author
Rock Climbing Wall Manufacture Extreme Engineering is inventor of several different Climbing Walls. To view our products please visit http://www.extremeengineering.com.
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