Make Climbing Holds out of Bowling Balls

March 5, 2015 — 1 Comment

 

How to Make Two Climbing Holds on the Cheap

I recently saw in the background of someone’s home climbing wall photo a bowling ball mounted to the wall. A trip to the thrift store and four dollars later, I was ready to start cutting. Check out the video to see the construction detail and to find out how I sawed through the thing.

Some Bowling Ball Climbing Holds Afterthoughts

climbinb After Climbing Magazine featured this video here, I quickly learned that half the viewers loved this idea and half thought that someone might break their fingers off in the holes. In practical use I haven’t seen anyone putting more than their fingers up to the first knuckle, but it could happen, so I’d advise after mounting this on the wall to shallow up the holes with some balls of tape, or other foreign objects. Or completely restrict the holes from being used, add texture, and just use them as nasty slopers.

I have also purchased a second ball for $6 that I am going to be sawing into different shapes. I think I can get about 50 foot chips out of this much material.

If you try something out like this please share below in the comments!

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One response to Make Climbing Holds out of Bowling Balls

  1. Very nice!

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