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Building a Climbing Gym inside Your Home

Building a Climbing Gym inside Your Home

Posted by Ian Lewis on 6th May 2019

Building a Climbing Gym inside Your Home

Let’s assume that you have a spare room, garage, or a basement that you were planning to turn into a gym. Don’t get us wrong, this idea is great but what if this space has a high ceiling and you wish to make use of this fact? Worry no more, as a climbing gym is ideal for such a space and it actually costs less in total compared to a standard home gym. If you are curious about building a home climbing gym, then be sure to read on and find more about the cost, deadline, and the equipment you will have to get.

Building the walls

Walls in most rooms, predominantly the basement, are just too rough to be used for a climbing gym as they can lead to injury. That is why you should use plywood to create a smoother wall surface. As a great alternative that also acts as insulation is oriented strand board (OSB), better known as flake board that is cheap to get. It is easily nailed onto the wall and you can drill holes with ease to place holes onto it. Once you are done, the wooden wall structure needs to be solid and strong enough to hold your body’s weight.

Installing the holds

An integral part of a climbing gym are the holds that you will use to every day. The number of holds depends on the site of the climbing wall but in general, 80 holds are a decent number to start with. They need to be bolted into the wall through the plywood or OSB, so they are 100% firm. You can change their location if the need for that arises but in general, they will stand in one place for a long time. In order to increase the safety inside the gym, you can get some chalk that is made from magnesium that rock climbers use to prevent their hands from slipping from the hold. A firm grip is essential during a session in a climbing gym.

The necessary tools

Apart from the holds and boards, you are going to need several other tools to construct the gym. You can learn more about climbing equipment and how to install it from the Gear We Are website. Essentially, for the initial stage of erecting the wall and securing the hold, you will need the tools you probably already have in your home workshop, like a screwdriver, various power tools, a circular saw, nails, tape measure, etc. A neat trick to save money on the tools you lack is resorting to borrowing from friends instead of buying these expensive tools. Furthermore, bigger pieces of equipment can be rented, like a scissor lift if the climbing wall is too high to be accessed by a step ladder.

Gearing up

With that much attention directed at the climbing wall, you could forget to “work” on yourself. Namely, you too need the right gear before exercising because wall climbing is a fairly dangerous sport, so you need protective gear. First, you are going to need sturdy gloves to prevent blisters from forming on the palm of your hand. Secondly, a helmet will help you protect your head, as climbing is not an activity that involves active use of the skull. Joking set aside; you will also need a yoga mat for stretching and softening the impact of stepping back onto solid ground. A couple of free weights are ideal for warm-up activities for your hands.

Natural light and air

A common problem that most home climbing gyms face is the lack of natural light and air. You cannot cut an opening for a window in the middle of the climbing wall, so these spaces are often dimmed and stuffy. That is why you always need to leave room for several windows that will constantly be open to let fresh air and natural light inside. Furthermore, you need to come up with a light source at night because you are likely to use this room 24/7.

Expanding the gym

If this is the first climbing gym that you are constructing, then it might be smart to start small and delegate a single wall to attach the plywood board to. Once you increase the number of holds and become more confident inside the gym, you might want to expand it. One way to go is to add wooden panels to other walls in the room or a more exciting solution is to create an arc that will cover the ceiling as well. This way you will use the space at your disposal to the maximum, and the gym will start resembling a pro climber’s workout den. Since your friends helped you construct the gym, you can ivied them over to exercise together, as such a large gym is not meant for one person.

A home climbing gym is not that hardtop construct if you put your heart and soul into it. Get acquainted with the concept and start small, so you don’t make any major mistakes.