Never Lose Your Route Setting Tool Again With This Simple Tip

December 7, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Home Rock Climbing Wall Route Setting Tools Wandering Off?

If you’ve had a home rock climbing wall for longer than a day, you’ve probably already spent what feels like a lifetime searching for your misplaced route setting allen wrench. New holds itching to get on the wall. Large holds spinning under body weight. Where is that thing!

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Here is how to keep your remaining sanity and solve the problem, which is likely a result of just not having a consistent and convenient place to keep the wrench. My basement bouldering cave has a fairly low, within standing-reach ceiling and I found that a cow magnet fits perfectly into a climbing hold t-nut hole. Why I had a cow magnet? No idea. Dab of glue, tappy-tap-tap to get it in the hole almost flush, and my home rock climbing wall route setting tool is always porta-ledged in the same spot, ready to swap out that nasty pinch for a friendlier jug.

Don’t have a ceiling on your wall or it’s too high to reach? This exact thing will work on a vertical or overhanging wall. You don’t have to hang the tool dangling from the tip either. It will stay snug placed parallel to the wall with the magnet hitting halfway down the length of the tool. When setting the magnets depth, leave it sticking out about 1/4 inch, then tap it a bit at a time until it works perfectly with your wrench. Tap it too deep and depending on what’s behind your wall the magnet might be gonzo. The wrench shown I picked up at Harbor Freight in an unbelievably cheap set. Works great.

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Pick a spot on your wall that is out of the way and make this easy home rock climbing wall improvement. Harbor freight also has some other incredibly strong magnets if you want to make a variation to the plan or want to hang a sledgehammer on the wall.

For more general tips on rock climbing wall construction be sure to check out the how to build a home rock climbing wall page.

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One response to Never Lose Your Route Setting Tool Again With This Simple Tip

  1. so true!

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