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Nine times out of ten if someone asks how they can make their home climbing wall better the answer is “volumes.” The other one time out of ten is “steeper,” but we’ll cover that later. Just this past weekend I completed my third home climbing wall and after the first steep section was up I immediately realized that a lot of my favorite holds that performed great at 0-30 degree angles, now at 40-60 degree angles had similar grip potential to that wet watermelon seed you were trying to pick up off the floor at grandma’s house. Continue Reading…

It took Brent Barghahn’s easy to follow video tutorial on making climbing holds to get me to put down my climbing-wall hammer and post for the first time in too many months. I’ve been intensely focused on building first a large shed and then a sizable home climbing wall inside it. The project is about 5% shy of completion at which point I’ll have loads of new climbing wall build content to post, but first I have to take a break to share this great video.

It isn’t that Brent is sharing something new or secret in this ten minute video, most of the content can be found on any of several other websites, it is how simple he makes it all seem and with intoxicating enthusiasm. After my third time watching it I blacked out and came to at a craft store holding several blocks of floral foam and smelling strongly of home decor and potpourri. My first hold is already carved and ready for casting.

Of course there are many ways to make your own climbing holds and debating methods and materials is a hobby for some in itself, but what Brent has created is a solid starting point towards making respectable climbing holds with materials that are easily obtained. Thanks for sharing Brent.

Note: In the YouTube video’s comments is it suggested that only Type I silicone and not Type II will set up properly. The soap must also supposedly contain glycerine for it to work. Dawn Ultra Blue is suggested in the same comments. Good luck!

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Stay strong all year with an indoor home rock climbing wall

Building a permanent home rock climbing wall may seem monumental on the scale of commitment to in-home recreation—requiring an unbelievably cooperative spouse if your married. I am here to tell you that it is—and it does.

However, consider the value of every minute you and your children aren’t staring listlessly at moving pixels on a smartphone or television. And while there is nothing better than getting outside, sometimes it’s either just too hot, too dark, or too “winter” to get out.

Getting the green light

So, timing is everything. Catch your spouse after they’ve settled the tenth argument of the day over who plays the iPad next and you’ll be staring at a green light to convert the Continue Reading…