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Help! How to build a campus board/system wall???
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Dec 27, 2012
I plan on building a campus board/system wall and would like to get some ideas and suggestions on some key factors. I plan on putting this up in my backyard(non-covered). I'd like to get some info on the materials, how to go about making them/planning, dimensions, tools needed, cost of materials, and any cutting-edge design ideas?

I'm thinking of an A-Frame design and wood materials only. I don't have any welding tools and steel structure/frame is expensive.

Any help is gladly appreciated! Also, I live in Broomfield, CO and if anyone lives nearby and would like to help out and has experience of making them, I could sure use your expertise and trade you with food/booze/friendship!
La Vida
From Denver
Joined Aug 6, 2012
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Dec 27, 2012
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the training forum is the place to go for great advice...

but as I am planning to build one myself I will give you my ideas. Standard thickness for the ply wood is 3/4inch. The easiest freestanding structure to build is a right triangle frame with your climbing surface connecting the two frames. adding a 1-2ft footer section will help a lot with getting the most out of you space. the angle that you climb on/campus on is the difficult thing. I do a little welding so I am going to make my frame adjustable with collapsible uprights I can adjust height wall angle and make the setup slightly more portable. to do this I am going to bolt/weld hinges from the frame for the wall to the tubing of the footer. it should not add too mush extra cost or time to construct but provide a big pay off in a variable angle. I think most campus walls are at around 30 degrees. system workout angles are more dependent on your level of fitness and the type of hold or brand. I have seen a lot of system walls that are roughly 15 degrees. hope that helps, for the record I planing on getting the DRCC system holds with some extra slopers and pinches thrown in and fashioning my own campus rungs and an adjustable bolt on crack.
Rob Warden, Space Lizard
From Springdale Ut
Joined Dec 19, 2011
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