Part 1 of the Garage Wall Project Build
Before I committed to building an at-home climbing wall, I needed to come up with a design that would meet the following requirements. This was key, because I wanted a wall that I would be motivated to use on a regular basis, but would not interfere with normal day-to-day activities.
Climbing Wall Requirements:
- Take up no permanent floor-space
- Not interfere with vehicle parking
- Stowable design that was still easy to access & deploy
- Tall enough to be worthwhile
- Multiple or variable angles
- Safe & secure
- Cost effective
After much measuring in the garage, the brainstorming and sketching began. My garage has a unique design that has an open loft-like storage area, rather than a sealed off attic. This was going to be perfect for attaching a hinged structure that could flip down, then fold back up into the ceiling when not in use. The space would allowing for a 10′ tall by nearly 7′ wide climbing surface, and I planned for the default wall angle to be 15°, with stops built in so the wall could also be set at 45° and 50°. The left side of the wall would be 4′ wide, and when set at 50°, would be used for H.I.T. training. The right side of the wall would be 32″ wide, and be used for campusing when set at 15°. The height would allow for 9 campus rungs at “Moon Spacing” (22cm).