Building a Home Wall
One sign of a true climber is the presence of a home wall. These are often crudely constructed, with mimimal routes, however, they serve their purpose. I have two of these, outside in my back yard. One of them is overhung severly and the other is as vertical as i can get it. Now, the most expensive part of the wall is the climbing holds. Though the wood and nails cost money, they do not compare to the cost of factory holds. Though holds can not be economically replace, they can be substidized with wooden and bondo holds. Just about all of the foot holds on my wall are bondo, and even a few hand holds also. However, the bondo does not lend it self to bigger holds. Listed further below is instructions on creating a wall. It is quite simple, if you follow a few directions.
Bondo can be very difficult and also deadly if not used properly. I use safety goggles, a face mask and gloves to protect myself from the bondo. Listed below are some tips to making bondo holds effectively, safely and practically.
Bondo without a texture has a very low coefficient of friction. Cover the drying bondo with sand (very cheap) to give it rock-like texture
Make sure that you bondo outside (you don't wanna die from the fumes) seriously
Bondo holds work best as screwins,and not just two screws, i use four-five each, also, make them relatively thick so the bondo is strong enough for abuse
Play-do is cheap and excelent to give your bondo features
Spray down a board with oil, and pour mixture onto it in goops, then cover the whole thing with lots of sand. Let it dry for a while (15 minutes) before moving, leave it alone for a day before installing
Make sure that you predrill the wholes, the bondo is brittle,and can crack if you dont predrill, also keep away from the edges.
Don't let your animals get ahold of the bondo. Also, make sure you wash your hands before eating fingure foods, and if you get it under your nails, don't chew your nails (its terrible).
Don't bondo your fingers to anything (including your penis, it would suck very much)
Building Your Own Out-Door Wall
My two walls were quite easily made (three lazy days). I follow the three steps below. Below this simple list is a more detailed explanation for my methods
Plan Wall on Paper, Find site with a good tree
Day two, buy wood, put it all together
Day three, raise wall, screw in holds
Now, for the more detailed explanation
First, you must choose what type of wall you want. For a single wall, I strongly suggest an overhanging wall, especially for outside (snow, rain etc).
Next, you must find a tree of which you can get the achieved angle.
I have found that the best way to anchor the wall to the tree is via chain anchors. Chain is cheap, but make sure you buy the better stuff
Once you have chosen a spot, and designed the wall on paper, go out and get the ply wood and 2X4X16?s. Depeding on how tall you want your wall. You will also need wood screws and a saw. A good width for a wall is one sheet wide, on sheet high, however, both of mine are two sheets high and the overhanging wall is three sheets wide at the base and 1/2 sheet wide at the top.
Next, you will lay the ply-wood on top of the 2x4s. You will drill screws through the ply wood into the 2x4s. Make sure you put a freaking lot, you don't want your wall to fall apart. Next, while it is on the ground, drill 3/8 holes and install your tee nuts. Make sure that you do not pound the tee nuts, you will disform them and they will no longer work. I have found that if you dont put them in, til you screw the hold in, they work best. However, you may want to put a few in higher on the wall.
Once you have done this, and your wall is together, carry it to where you want it to be and face it face down.
Now, I use a come-along to pull mine up, combined with a board to support it while im adjusting the come-along. Slowly winch it up until its about 10 degrees higher than where you want it. Now it is good to have hooks for the chain, the kind that screw in. Two chains minimum, one at the middle and one at the top, the more the better. Wrap the chains around the trunk and cross your chains. You may also want to put padding on the chains to protect the tree.
Once the wall is up, have the time of your life