After research and weekends working, Tara L. created her ideal 40-degree wall in her Albany, CA, backyard with a rad paint job! Check out past HWOW here.
When did you build your wall?
I started planning in April and building in May.
How long did it take you to build?
A couple months! With school and work being pretty busy, I’d work on it just a little bit each weekend. The frame went up in a day, but the planning, priming, and painting took a lot of patience.
Not including holds and padding, how much did it cost you to build?
Around $250. I already had most of the paint and hardware, so the cost was mainly the wood and T-nuts.
Did anything in particular inspire your wall design?
Mine had to be outdoor, freestanding, and fairly inexpensive, so I looked for walls with similar constraints on Reddit, Mountain Project, and Facebook group forums. I saw that some people were painting their walls and I thought that’d be really fun to do. I scaled up a small acrylic painting I’d done a while ago.
What was the most difficult aspect of the design and build?
Since it was outdoors and I want it to last as long as possible, it took a lot more work than expected to weatherproof it. Every piece of wood has at least two layers of primer. The planning process too- I originally was going to have a tiny campus board inside (hence the campus rung holds), but plans changed several times and eventually turned into this!
What would you do differently?
I think I would make it adjustable, but I haven’t gotten tired of 40 degrees yet!
What is your favorite aspect?
I like that it’s outdoors. I spend a lot more time outside and it’s a nice environment to train in. There’s also slings that hang down for TRX straps which I really like.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring homewallers?
Be patient in the planning process and take your time to make it something that’s worth it to you! This was my first time building basically anything, and I found that it’s a great learning process.
Do you have any connection to climbing brands or gyms?
I work at Bridges Rock Gym!
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