climbing wall for middle school

climbing wall for middle school

Post by davedes.. » Tue, 28 Mar 2000 04:00:00


greetings!
I am working to install a top roping 30' high x 20' wide wall in a
middle school, and have a few questions:
1)Do you have, or is there some source for a climbing wall
training/maintentance/use manual? I could create my own, but it seems
like reinventing the wheel.
2)The wall will be located in the gymnasium. Should the school staff or
I be concerned about "locking up" the wall so that unsupervised use does
not take place? What are some ways to make that work?
3)Are there any sneaky ways of getting holds less expensively than the
regular outlets? Its for a school......
Thanks for your recommendations
dave

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climbing wall for middle school

Post by jean » Wed, 29 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am working to install a top roping 30' high x 20' wide wall in a
> middle school, and have a few questions:
> 1)Do you have, or is there some source for a climbing wall
> training/maintentance/use manual? I could create my own, but it seems
> like reinventing the wheel.
> 2)The wall will be located in the gymnasium. Should the school staff
> or I be concerned about "locking up" the wall so that unsupervised
> use does not take place? What are some ways to make that work?
> 3)Are there any sneaky ways of getting holds less expensively than the
> regular outlets? Its for a school......

Dave, are you a professional? Seems if you were you'd be supplying
manuals to your customers, and know the answers to these questions. If
not, why are you building a school wall? (this a question for the
school and their liability insurance guy)...

Have the school join the Climbing Gym Associate (CGA) they can swap
ideas, manuals, and stories with others who also own walls in this type
of setting (CGA is a subgroup of the outdoor retailer coaliction --
ORCA and can be reached online at http://www.orca.org/)

YES -- you should find a way to prevent unauthorized use of the wall
(these are middle school kids--they WILL use the wall!) The school's
insurance will require at least SOME effort by the school. Schools that
I've worked with have done anything from locking tarps over the lower
6' to locating the wall in an area that can be locked when not in use.

NO -- there are no SNEAKY ways to get good hold deals. And why be
sneaky about it? Is this REALLY a school wall, Dave?  Most of the hold
manufacturers are small shops doing this because they LOVE climbing.
Don't rip them off -- they're the nice guys trying to make a buck and
do what they love. Try being honest! Most of them will cut schools a
deal. And if your budget can't get you all that you want, look for the
cosmetic blemishes -- holds that aren't pretty but are still functional
work great on a school wall!

-jean (In a previous life, I worked for one of the top wall builders)

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