This 45-degree training wall is the perfect compliment to Elizabeth Sepulveda’s comp training. The steep angle, with volumes for added dimension, allows her to work on specific weaknesses like power. Check out past HWOW here.
When did you build your wall? Was it a COVID baby?
I built my wall in April 2020 once it became apparent that gym’s would remain closed for a long time. So, yes! It was a COVID baby.
How long did it take you to build and what did that time look like?
Painting took 2 days because it consisted of multiple layers of paint that needed to dry between coats. The build itself only took 5 hours. That included drilling the t-nut holes, framing and mounting the wall.
Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build? Any surprises there?
Less than $500. Thankfully, no surprises!
What are you doing for padding?
We are using old 4″ foam from a local gym and several crash pads.
What was your primary incentive for the wall? Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
I wanted to keep training for competitions during the shutdown. I figured I would make it steep so I could work on power and other weaknesses. The paint design was random but I love how it turned out!
What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
Because I was building a simple wall, nothing was particularly difficult, but drilling all those t-nut holes and hammering in the t-huts took a lot longer than I thought it would.
What would you do differently?
I would build a taller kick-plate (mine is only 6″) and make the wall a little less steep. The wall is 44 degrees which has been great for power but is limiting for other workouts like endurance. A less steep wall might be more versatile.
Did you make any mistakes along the way or choose to re-do any aspects? If so, what?
I placed the left edge of the climbing wall too close to the wall of the garage which makes that side less usable because I’m scared of swinging into the garage wall!
What is your favorite aspect?
I love having constant access to climbing and the freedom to set whatever I want.
How often do you use the wall? Do you think you’ll still use it as much when the gyms fully open back up?
Now that my home gym is open I am using the wall twice a week. It’s been a great training tool so I will definitely keep using it regularly.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
Just go for it! Having a home wall has been amazing and you will not regret building one of your own!
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