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Different Types Of Climbing Walls And Their Job Prospects

Sep 4, 2007
After rock-climbing became popular as a sport in Europe and the United states, the manufacture and design of rock-climbing walls has evolved to a large extent. Many sports and specialist centers throughout Europe have dedicated people researching on the perfect climbing wall. Climbing is considered as an exciting and energetic challenge, and has been gradually shifted to gyms, where it is used as a medium for exercise. The designing of a climbing wall is a complex process, where more importance is offered to safety and protection.

Different types of Rock Climbing Walls

The climbing wall in its simplest form is made of plywood. Colloquially known as a woodie, the wall is often designed for household purposes and is of relatively lesser height and strength. The basic design would feature individual wooden walls constructed separately and combined together to form a compact framework of wood. The framework can then be rested upon or attached to an existing wall in the house for support and balance.

The other types of walls may include slabs of granite fixed on an iron frame work and concrete-sprayed on a wire mesh, with panels of fiber-glass on a metal frame or simply textured fiberglass walls. You can customize these walls by requesting angular or rounded finishing.

Job Prospects in Rock Climbing wall Construction Business:

If you are looking for Jobs in The Rock climbing business, you have to match the CWMA standards. The CWMA (Climbing Wall Manufacturers Association) maintains criteria for membership.

. An experience of building climbing walls for a minimum of 12 months.

. Involved in the successful construction three climbing walls, each more than 50 meters square, with the appropriate specifications and engineering calculations.

. Offering insurance cover for Public, Product and Employer liability of a minimum of 2 million pounds.

. A Health & Safety policy for both, the employees and the public.

Types of Jobs Available in Rock Climbing Constructions:

ROAD CREW

To be a member of a road crew, you must be always on the move and be capable of building a variety of rock climbing walls. Road crews need not come under CWMA standards, but they need to have loads of experience in the construction business and good amount of artistic skills. They need to make good paychecks, work hard on projects throughout the country, and with plenty of breaks in-between projects.

PROJECT LEADERS

For a job profile as project leader, the candidate needs to have leadership skills and foresight to manage important climbing wall assignments. The job requires good communication skills, good architectural experience, and ability to tutor and guide team members. The salary could vary from a starting wage of $12-16K, based on skills and experience.

ROCKWORK ARTISTS

Artists are expected to offer a glamorous and well-polished look to the climbing wall. The artists should be proficient in hand sculpting decorative and architectural rockwork. Their expertise should be evident in the final product. Rockwork artists are in demand for the expertise they display while blending the constructed walls with the interiors or exteriors of the homes.
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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