So in previous blog posts on the office bouldering wall I talked about some of the company values we at The Mountain People hold dear (see Bouldering Wall Part 1 & Bouldering Wall Part 2). I now want to give you some pointers for building your own home training wall.

 

Most of the practical things like design, construction etc. are very well covered in the free Metolius download available here! Using the pdf as your main guide, I want to add a few things for building an adjustable wall like the one we have in the office. There are some very obvious advantages to an adjustable wall, for example, being able to increase and decrease the angle of the wall to accommodate the full spectrum of angles/styles of climbing from overhanging roofs to slab.

 

Below are photos of the needed elements for making a fully adjustable climbing wall that are not covered in the pdf:

 

Element #1 Solid Anchor: You need a solid anchor high up near the ceiling that a rope can slide over with ease. This anchor needs to be bombproof… we used a wooden beam, cut two big holes in the wall, slotted the beam in the holes and filled in around the beam with concrete and filler (rocks). This works well when you have cinder block walls, as we do here in Morocco.  It is advisable to consult a builder to get the anchor in place and get advice on building regulations. Remember the anchor needs to be able to hold both the wall and a climber!

 

Bouldering wall anchor beam

 

 

Element #2 Strong Base: You need a strong base to hold the wall in place. As you can see in the photo below the wall is sitting on a big square beam with two raised ends to hold it in place.

 

Bouldering wall base

 

 

Element #3 Rope Attachment Points to Wall: You will need to attach a rope on both sides near the top corners. We did this by drilling a hole in each top corner of the bouldering wall and inserting the rope through the hole and round the outside frame of the wall using a re-threaded figure of 8. The rope used was a retired 10.5mm dynamic rope.

 

Bouldering wall attachment of rope

 

 

Element # 4 Attachment Points to keep the wall in place: These points are essential for keeping the bottom of the wall down and on the ground. As you can see from the photo the points are about 1/3 of the height of the wall off the ground. If you don’t put these in place the wall can lift off the ground when a climber is on it.

 

Bouldering wall attachment points

 

 

Element #5 Tie-off Points for the Wall: Another thing to figure out is some sort of tie-off point for the end of the rope. We used similar bolts to the above “attachment points” and fixed them into the walls as shown below. These should be a little way back from the bottom of the wall so that, when using the wall with a steep angle, tie-off points are still easily accessible and haven’t disappeared behind the wall due to it coming forward.

 

Bouldering wall tie off points

 

 

Element #6 Safety Line: This is a rope that is tied off with slack so that you can still lower the wall to the angles you want. If the two side ropes that are tied off fail, the wall will not fall beyond the slack in the safety line. It is placed in the middle of the wall drilled around the center stud on the frame of the wall.

 

Bouldering wall safety line

 

Bouldering wall safety line

 

I hope the above is helpful for those wanting a fully adjustable training wall. If you are coming through Imlil for an adventure in the Toubkal region of the High Atlas and want to come by for a bouldering session drop us an email at: morocco@the-mountain-people.com!

 

Peace

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