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The Finished Rock Climbing Wall

The rock climbing wall isn't finished yet. But here is a picture of it so far.

Rock Climbing Wall

Design

As of May 2013, I have decided on a design for my DIY rock climbing wall and will start construction on it this month. The design features:

  • Triangular play center with platforms at 6' and 12'.
  • 16 foot tall rock climbing on one side.
  • Zipline from the bottom platform to the other corner of the yard at the awesome playground that I already built.
  • Triangular picnic table to go on the lower platform.
  • Small platform for a slide.
  • 20 foot rope swing hanging from a large steel beam which will cantilever out over the grass.
  • Large sand box under the play center - quarter circle with a 21' radius.

I am estimating that it will cost about $1500 to build and should take most of the summer.

rock Climbing wall and play center

Materials

Coming soon...

Here is a (Hopefully) Complete List of Tools I Used

Hand Tools

  • Shovels
  • Post hole digger
  • Pick axe
  • 6 foot pry bar
  • Socket wrench
  • Crescent wrench
  • Tie-downs (a come-along would work better)
  • Hand level
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Wheel barrow
  • 2 ladders

Power Tools

  • Forklift
  • Chain saw
  • A few 3/8" Drills/drivers
  • Lots of drill bits in various sizes
  • Miter saw

Construction

rock Climbing wall and play center
Jeremy digging up a large lilac bush.
rock Climbing wall and play center
Savannah playing in one of the post holes.
rock Climbing wall and play center
The first load of utility poles. The long one is for the rock climbing wall. The short ones are for the herb spiral.
rock Climbing wall and play center
The second load of utility poles.
rock Climbing wall and play center
Danny Busk and his family brought their forklift to help me set the poles in the holes.
rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center
The three utility poles. The left and middle poles stick up about 24 feet above ground. The right pole sticks up about 18 feet above ground.

We made a design alteration and bumped the bottom platform up to 8 feet and the top platform up to 15 feet. That will put the rock wall height at around 24 feet tall (6 sheets of plywood).

rock Climbing wall and play center

On Saturday, September 7, Dad and Anthony came down to help with construction.

We started at the bottom and worked our way up.

rock Climbing wall and play center

We used 2x6s for the platform decks.

rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center

Once we had the bottom deck built, we built the rock climbing wall taller.

rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center

We used logs for the railing.

rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center

Then we built the second platform. This level has a hole in the floor for a ladder and it has a "diving board" extension for rock climbing.

rock Climbing wall and play center

The next thing we built was the handrails for the upper deck. That was to help make it safer while Anthony cut the utility pole level and drilled in the top beam.

rock Climbing wall and play center
rock Climbing wall and play center

I modified the original design and used plywood railings for the upper deck. The reason I did this was to add some rigidity in the north-south direction so when a big windstorm comes it hopefully won't lean too much.

rock Climbing wall and play center

The second-to-last sheet of plywood going up.

rock Climbing wall and play center

We got everything tacked up, but some of the bracing and a lot of screws still need to be added.

rock Climbing wall and play center