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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Original Post - May 26, 2012 - 11:26am PT
When I was drawing the plans for our home back in 1999, I envisioned a climbing wall in the livingroom.....which I never got around to building.

This past February, with a couple free days, I decided to make that long-ago vision a reality.

First step...erecting scaffolding that would allow access to the 28 foot-high ceiling.

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The main attachment point for the wall was this 3 x 6, which I secured to each stud as well as the central post which supports the ridge beams for the roof. I used Timber-Lok screws for this process.....BOMBER!

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My vertical joists were made out of LVL Micro-Lams that are 1 3/4" thick by 11 7/8" wide.

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I wanted the wall to overhang, and also wanted to get two joists out of each lam, so I ripped them corner to corner. This produced an overhang of 7 degrees. I also put a 45 degree cut at the top, in order to produce a small ledge at the top of the wall.

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I secured the outer most joists to the end of the 3 x 6 first...

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....then filled in the center joists in equal layout...about 18" on center. The center joists were notched around the 3 x 6, then pressure blocked and screwed to the 3 x 6. I added two more rows of pressure blocks at the mid-height point, as well as the base.

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I prepped the plywood out in the garage, drilling holes and applying T-nuts on a 10" grid. I then painted the panels with a textured paint to give them the look and feel of stone.

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I designed a toprope anchor bracket and had my welder fabricate it, and utilized it to haul the panels into place. The bracket is secured to the main post that supports the ridge with (6) machine bolts that are 3/4" by 9".....not going anywhere!

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With a fixed rope, I jumped on the jumars and began applying over 250 holds.

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Micah got the honor of the first ascent. To access the wall, this natural stone column is climbed, then the light box above needs to be mantled and stepped over.

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I designed the anchor to have multiple clip-in points, allowing for someone to hang out and take pics from the top.

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Marina gets her first ascent on "her" route...what we call "Marina's Yellow Hueco Road".

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The belay adds new meaning to climbing "off the couch". Utilizing the GriGri allows for safe belays while watching a game, movie, whatever....

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Flanders has been a regular....

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....and the kids have been having regular "climbing parties" with their buds....

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The view from the wall is pretty decent too.....

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Stop on by for a beer and a belay!


Facts: Total building time - 16 hours
Cost - $850.00
Overall Height - 28 feet
Wall is 8 feet wide
The Arete routes are RAD!!!



socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
May 26, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Dean! Rad, good to have you back... Well done man.

Charles
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
May 26, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Alas, a gym with Class! NICE job Dean!!! Always thought COUCH belays were da bomb!
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
May 26, 2012 - 11:34am PT
Cragman that is so damn cool. Well done.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
May 26, 2012 - 11:42am PT
Nice project, Dean. Looks like a lot of fun for the kids especially. Nice ceilings, man! The climbing wall has a visual relationship with the existing river boulder rock work, too.
Gene

climber
May 26, 2012 - 11:44am PT
The 4th picture from the bottom is perfect for the cover of the next Belay magazine.

Nice work!

g
go-B

climber
Habakkuk 3:19 Sozo
May 26, 2012 - 11:49am PT
Cudos to your wife!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Yeah, the kids are LOVING this thing...and SO IS LEAH! This was not a hard sell for her at all!

A few more pics.....

A close-up of the texture....

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Micah about to start a burn....

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Occasionally, the kids even let me climb on it...I prefer the crimps.

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Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
May 26, 2012 - 12:01pm PT
Pretty mind blowing.That's nothing short of awesome!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
May 26, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
what sort of "licensing" must one go through to climb ??
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
May 26, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
That's pretty awesome, Dean! How do you minimize the chalk issues?
gonzo chemist

climber
Fort Collins, CO
May 26, 2012 - 12:25pm PT
now THAT is AWESOME!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
Excellent question, Tom!

We do not allow chalk bags on climbers, as it tends to rain down on the wood floors and make them GREASED LIGHTNING!

There is a tub of chalk in the light box to dip into, and a Bison Ball in a chalk bag at the top anchor.

:)
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
May 26, 2012 - 12:31pm PT
COOL!

is this a chalk free crag?
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
May 26, 2012 - 12:35pm PT
Holy frig, Dean. You're not saying I'll have to free climb when we come visit next month?!

Fabulous job, mate! Will the snows seen through the window last til the 4th of July?
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 26, 2012 - 12:36pm PT
Outstanding!

I want one!

( but I can touch my ceiling while standing flat-footed on the floor )
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
Pete, I left some holes empty for a hooking route......JUST FOR YOU!

Yes, there will be snow on the peak when you guys get here. Looking forward to your visit!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 26, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
Nice, but I'm at an age where, when it comes to a woody, I'll take any room.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - May 26, 2012 - 12:44pm PT
Jim, at your age I figured that wood would be petrified by now.

:)
zBrown

Ice climber
Chula Vista, CA
May 26, 2012 - 12:45pm PT
That is so cool. UV protection to the max.
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