Climbing wall support?


Old 07-19-05, 12:57 PM
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Climbing wall support?

Not sure this is the right place to post this, but...

I've built an 8'x10' climbing wall framed with 2"x6"s, 16" on center and covered with 3/4" plywood...all PTL.

I've got two 8' 2"x4"s coming off the bottom on each side of the wall and those are braced with 10' 2"x4"s. I'm trying to figure out if this is solid enough. It seems to be, but before I let anyone besides myself climb on it, I want to be sure.

You can see a diagram at: (this also shows a piece of static rope as a backup support on the rear of the wall)

and some pictures of the wall in it's early stages at:

Does anyone know how I would figure out the weight of the wall and the strength of the supports?? Or can just tell me if it's strong enough.


Old 07-21-05, 08:10 AM
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I think your framing is fine. 2x6 on 16" OC is usually recommended. A lot of free standing walls don't use the double bracing you've put in, so the extra is a good idea in my mind. Screws over nails (not sure what you used), and usually bolts for attaching the bracing studs to the wall.

I think the reason most free standing walls don't use the double stud bracing you've put in is to make it easier to tilt the wall to different angles ... it's nice to be able to change things up.

Note that your wall design is ok, and very common ... BUT if you're monkeying around on the very top of the wall, it could tip (SIDEWAYS!!!!!!). A stronger / better wall design, if you have the room for it, is two 8'x8' climbing walls mounted side by side.

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