This week’s CBJ Homewall of the Week is a sweet little condo coronavirus build in Salt Lake City, Utah. Owner Kyra Condie really needed to stay strong, after all she’s qualified for the Olympics and hopefully will be representing Team USA in 2021. See past homewalls here.
How long did it take you to build?
This wall actually only took maybe a total of 2.5 hours from cutting the wood, to bringing it to my condo (up the stairs, that was the hardest part), and attaching everything to the wall. It was easier that most walls because I was attaching it to a wall that was already angled!
Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build?
It actually was free, I was able to get the wood from USA Climbing and they wanted to support me being able to train at home.
Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
The wall was already there and angled! So it was really my only option. The room was also super small so I had to keep the wall small – it’s only 8ft X 8ft.
What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
Not gonna lie, this was maybe the simplest wall to possibly build.
What would you do differently?
I’m actually really happy with how it came out, it ended up being far more functional than I thought it would. It’s actually sick, I’m definitely keeping it, even after quarantine.
What is your favorite aspect?
The wall is super steep and a totally flat angle with no changes, 55 degrees, which is an angle you don’t really find at most gyms. It’s a good supplement to normal gyms because it’s pretty different.
Can you tell me a little bit about how you’ve engaged your followers with your homewall? Sounds like a cool way to make climbing communal again during this time.
I had the idea to post a photo of my wall and have people set me some climbs! I was posting my favorite ones from each session and tagging the person who “set” it. People really seemed to enjoy it. I also was sending everyone a video back of me trying their boulder. I got in a bit over my head though, because I think I got over 400 climbs submitted.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
Do it! It’s really fun and totally worth it, especially right now. It feels really good to actually climb, even if the wall is small, rather than just hang board.
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