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Photo Gallery: 16 Scrappy Climbing Walls
“Here’s a shot of my scrappy climbing wall. Come climb!”
“When we learned that the pandemic was going to put a serious crimp in our climbing, Alex and I ran out to the local hardware store and grabbed what we needed to build a back yard woody climbing wall.
“We documented our adventure on hackaday and you can check out the gory details here.
“We enlisted my wife, Liz, to help us lift the main wall into place. She had a nervous breakdown and was sure we were all going to die climbing on this beast.”
“This is in my neighborhood. It’s an advanced training wall, as all the problems are nails.”
“Here is our entry for the homewall contest. It is a 8′ by 8′ wall called The Splinter Dome. The wall is 55 degrees from vert and is set with scrap wood and a random set of crimps that are meant for slab. You could call it the scrappiest wall in Corvallis, Oregon.”
“Here is a lil climbing wall my girlfriend and I built in our car port of our building. We gathered rocks from a local roadside quarry and glued them on with construction adhesive (Loctite PL Premium Fast Grab).
“Most people questioned my sanity and didn’t think the rocks would hold. After putting a few up and waiting a few days for the glue to set, we found it held up perfectly.
“Slowly I kept working at it and eventually finished the traverse and the beam.”
“There are some other climbers in the building which has been good because all have been able to session it. Was nice to have somewhere to climb while the local gyms were closed.”
“Our wall in the 10 and 12 year boys room. They’ve been working on their big wall skills with their 3-year-old sister.”
“Enclosed the pictures of my homeboard. I named it ‘No Pain, No Gain.’ It’s made of two 250 x 50 cm work panels. There are partly self made wood grips, campus rungs, and even rock grips, crimpy or slopey. With a chain, the wall is adjustable in its angle of slope. So there are several possibilities to train endurance. The wall also allows to train movements. With stones, I was also able to simulate crux moves in my projects. This helped me to send two 7c projects within 10 days.”
“We don’t think it’s scrappy, but it’s pretty small…. More of a climbing booth really.”
“I have a 10′ x 10′ panel in my garage that overhangs by 10 degrees from vertical. Once we got it loaded with assorted holds, a friend and I choreographed several 10-12 move boulder problems on the terrain. At some point, we began to wonder if the problems could be linked and started working on doing so. The linked problems became known as The 62 Moves for the 62 hand position changes along the way. The 62 Moves has now been up for over 20 years! It has become a local classic test-piece. Pictured: Dr. Vanesa Espana-Romero, a noted climbing physiology researcher from Spain, on The 62 Moves in 2010.”
“Freestanding wall in the garden. Makes it a nightmare to cut the garden lawn but good for some home training, primarily for my 12-year-old son.”
“We only had a 10′ x 10′ courtyard in which to work, so we made a 24′ x 8′ L-shaped. free-standing traverse wall with holds on both sides of each wall. The wood is raw, the roof is a tarp with holes in it, there are multiple types of t-nuts, the spacing/alignment is annoyingly off, and gaps in the sections are covered in bathroom caulk. One section is so janky that we named it ‘hack job.'”
“This free-standing climbing wall moveable, adjustable, and affordable. My kiddos have been loving it! It has doubled as an art easel over the last year. It can be adjusted for kids or adults with adjustments for every 10 degrees from 60 to 120. Built using a 4′ x 8′ plywood board. Total cost: $160 (all new materials, holds not included).”
“My lockdown training wall, built for myself and my 9-year-old son. Kept us training over the past few weeks. Built from spare panels donated free by the wonderful The Climbing Lab in Leeds, UK.”
“About as scrappy as it gets—plywood drilled into bare studs in the basement. (I rent, and i also haven’t told my landlord.) I also realized my ceilings are 7’8″ after drilling all the holes. That’s why the boards are sideways. They can’t fit vertically. The walls been great though!”
“My COVID-19 20-degree wall.”
“It’s not even a wall. Can’t even hang from it. I call it the ‘Fundle Bundle.’ Tension Block with water jugs attached with an alpine draw. I do finger curls on the progressively smaller edges, a set of bicep curls, and some 10 sec holds with the pinch and pockets. Once a week I add a full nalgene or two, until it’s time to add another gallon jug.
“Am I getting stronger? Who knows. But I’m not losing finger strength. I mean, maybe I’m doing that, too—hard sayin’; but delusion and boredom is one heck of a recipe.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired many climbers to build impressive home walls—but that’s not what this photo gallery is about. We’re taking this time to highlight those walls built with a lack of space, material, or skill with a saw and a drill. These are the scrappy climbing walls. They may not look like something out of a Walltopia catalogue, but they prove that where there is a will, you can get a good pump. Our readers submitted these 16 homemade creations for our Scrappiest Home Wall contest. Thanks to everyone who sent in a photo!
The winning entry is receiving a Climbing Summit membership. It wasn’t easy choosing just one—there are a few impressively ramshackle rigs here—but the prize goes to Wes Murray. What is even going on there?
UPDATE: Wes shared the below video of his wall in action, and it looks like it works pretty well!