Wall pics generously shared by Rene Keyzer-André and Margarita Martinez
My Home Rock Climbing Wall Just Got A Whole Lot Smaller
Months ago I was so content with my basement home rock climbing wall, neatly tucked into a cozy corner of a windowless room. Now thanks to walls like this one built by Rene and Margarita, all I can think about is moving my family into an abandoned warehouse and sleeping on mattresses positioned as fall-break padding for bouldering friends and family. Not going to happen, but still fun to see what the experienced wall builders can do with lumber, plywood, and in this case some crazy-amazing tape measuring skills (wishing I’d have done better in geometry class, sigh…). For an aspiring home wall builder to get a glimpse like this behind the plywood of a complex and massive structure, the experience is solid gold.
Huge thanks to both Rene Keyzer-André and Margarita Martinez for being so willing to share these inspiring pictures of one of the best personal climbing walls on the planet.
A One Question Interview With Rene Keyzer-André:
Kirk: I’ve burned so much time studying photos of your most recent climbing wall and they tell a lot on their own, but please share a few details about this amazing endeavor.
Rene: Margarita and I have had our own private bouldering place since 1997 in the first shop, then moved it to another place in the winter of 2010, and finally here in Richmond, KY. Our wall is 15 1/2 ft tall by 39 ft wide. We average between 180-220 t-nuts per full sheet of plywood and have approximately 1600-1700 holds. I have built about 13 walls/gyms over the years. We also have all the area behind the wall as usable space with hang board, weights, and a stretching area. We operate as a small co-op with members to help cover some of the costs.
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