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Oct 13, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH
Pictures, pictures pictures. We had a snowstorm a week from now last year in the NE, who's getting ready, and how?

Post up pictures of your ice/mixed training setups.

Today's finished product:

(Design roughly follows Will Gadd's setup shown on his blog)

Rock Climbing Photo: 16' plice training setup
16' plice training setup


Jointed, and adjustable about 10-15 degrees +/- vertical.

Rock Climbing Photo: Joint and brace at the top of the wall.
Joint and brace at the top of the wall.


Here's the joints in action, keeping it at vertical. Stable, and the bottom can be lifted and moved 3 feet in either direction to adjust the angle.

Rock Climbing Photo: Top joint from the side.
Top joint from the side.



Material list:

(1) 2x8 sheet of plywood
(2) 2x16' -vertical support
(1) 2x12' -brace and joint arms
(5) 3/8"(?) strips
(8) 3/8" bolts, washer and nut set
(2) 1/2" lag bolts,with washers
(1) Box of screws, 2" exterior. Probably used 100-150 screws.

Easily made for under $80 at Home Depot or comparable hardware retail.

In use for the first time:

Rock Climbing Photo: First training session of the season!
First training session of the season!


Looking forward to seeing others as well!

-Brendan
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
362 points
Nov 1, 2012
If it gets cool enough, any thoughts on running a hose to the top?

I'm kind of tempted to try something like this:


(From alaskaalpineclub.org/IceWall/O...

"The first one they made, last year, was on a single Poplar tree wrapped with orange snow fence. A garden hose from the house provided the water. The hose was kept outside the ice. It was 25 feet high, with a 10 foot diameter."

This one seems a little out of reach: flic.kr/p/7kboSK
AThomas
Joined Aug 13, 2011
25 points
Nov 2, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Me eating a cliff bar walking back from Frankenste...
Hey Adam,There's 40 foot tall by 10 foot wide artificial ice wall at the hostel in Banff AB. Sorry I can't find the picture I took. It looked like fun! The hostel had both water and compressed air ran to the top.

There's a guy from Westminster MD that was on the local news for building a small one. Check it out:

iceclimbingphotos.com/showphot...
Bill Kirby
From Baltimore Maryland
Joined Jul 21, 2012
376 points
Nov 4, 2012
Kirby1013 wrote:
Hey Adam,There's 40 foot tall by 10 foot wide artificial ice wall at the hostel in Banff AB. Sorry I can't find the picture I took. It looked like fun! The hostel had both water and compressed air ran to the top. There's a guy from Westminster MD that was on the local news for building a small one. Check it out: iceclimbingphotos.com/showphot...


That MD wall is crazy. The Banff wall: flic.kr/p/4uhPjV
AThomas
Joined Aug 13, 2011
25 points
Nov 19, 2012
Brendan,

Is the plice getting much use? Any repairs or design changes?
AThomas
Joined Aug 13, 2011
25 points
Nov 23, 2012
That plice wall is awesome. So is that Banff wall. Heck I would never have to leave home if I had that in my backyard.

FWIW I nailed short segments of 2x4 to a slightly overhanging limb on an old tree in my yard (Silver maple) and it makes for a quick and easy and cheap plice. I'll look for a photo.
JohnnyG
Joined Nov 30, 2009
33 points
Nov 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH
Adam Thomas wrote:
Brendan, Is the plice getting much use? Any repairs or design changes?


It hasn't seen too much use due to nursing my knee, but I really haven't changed anything. I need to tighten part of the hinge, but laziness has put that off still.
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
362 points
Nov 23, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
Our efforts the last 2 winters has been to freeze up the side of a silo here in IL. 35 ft+, definately vertical or overhanging. Top ropes only, but awesome fun. For fall, we've been drytooling the same silo rungs with hand tools, no cramps.


Rock Climbing Photo: Real ice in Chicagoland area.
Real ice in Chicagoland area.




Rock Climbing Photo: dry tooling this fall
dry tooling this fall
Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
3,133 points
Nov 24, 2012
If only I had a silo -- or a pond near the pines at the back of my lot. AThomas
Joined Aug 13, 2011
25 points
Dec 9, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Second ascent.
Rock Climbing Photo: my woodie
my woodie

i just drilled holes in 2X4's on the front, top, and sides of all the blocks in various depths, works pretty well for dry tooling i may add thin strips of wood so i can start using crampons.
Daniel S Parker
From Sandy Utah
Joined Dec 13, 2011
20 points
Dec 12, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH
Daniel,

I have a woodie in my basement that I use for rock, I screwed on some drilled 2x4's and strips for just tools, which worked pretty well. I don't know if adding crampons would make it any better though.
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
362 points
Dec 19, 2012
Seems to me if your frontpoints are sharp then you don't need those strips going across. Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
2,402 points
Dec 19, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Obi Wan Ryobi - Darth Vader Crag, Rumney NH
Gunkiemike wrote:
Seems to me if your frontpoints are sharp then you don't need those strips going across.


I tried using mono-points in the drilled holes, which resulted in the bottom, angled front points digging into the plywood which would dig through it pretty quickly, the strips give security and durability against the crampons and tools, both of which are nice when it's just training.
Brendan Blanchard
From Boulder, CO
Joined Oct 18, 2010
362 points
Oct 18, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice at SR
We are Dry tooling the Silo this coming Sat- Oct.19th.

Starts at 11 AM till ?? Come join us for get those arms pumped!

PM me for location details....
Juggler
Joined Sep 20, 2009
968 points
Jul 27, 2015
I just finished off my wall yesterday and I wanted to thank the original poster for the idea and detailed plans. Some slight variations on the original poster's plans, but otherwise followed it exactly. Super easy and super cheap. Looking to get a lot of use out it!
Rock Climbing Photo: plywood wall
plywood wall

Rock Climbing Photo: wall
wall
Gary Griffin
Joined Jul 26, 2015
10 points
Aug 17, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Elora Gorge, Ontario
Rock Climbing Photo: Plice
Plice


Originally I built a plice that could be articulated from vertical to a 45 degree angle. Then I ended up making this ladder out if it. Great dry tool training. You can do laps back and forth. It doesn't take up too much room, either.
gowser
Joined Dec 6, 2010
15 points
Sep 2, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Linville Gorge!
You can actually find dead trees, with beefy trunks remaining... such as hit by lightning, or half collapsed and not too deteriorated.... I have messed around dry tooling on trees.

Really really fun
Russ Keane
Joined Feb 8, 2013
432 points
Oct 6, 2015
Anyone make one these, but free standing? slightly over hung?

i rent, and can't build into the deck and don't have any trees, but do have a nice flat/level concrete platform. kinda like in the back ground of this video



kevino
Joined Sep 12, 2008
0 points
Oct 7, 2015
Anyone make one these, but free standing? slightly over hung? i rent, and can't build into the deck and don't have any trees, but do have a nice flat/level concrete platform. kinda like in the back ground of this video
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Overhanging plice? Isn't that what Gowser has above?
AThomas
Joined Aug 13, 2011
25 points
Oct 7, 2015
Hung some chains up in the garage, been good for building upper body strength and precision. Certainly no plice, but don't have a reasonable way to put up something outside where I live.
Rock Climbing Photo: Chains
Chains
GregMiller
From Louisville, CO
Joined Jul 23, 2012
27 points
Oct 7, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: sierra eastside
My ice tower from a couple years ago. Had hoses hooked up to top of fence. Produced a cool 40' curtain of ice
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice tower
Ice tower
jackkelly00
Joined Apr 13, 2009
163 points
Oct 7, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Linville Gorge!
Jack Kelly, wow -- Is there a hose running up to the top of that thing?? Russ Keane
Joined Feb 8, 2013
432 points
Oct 7, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Minsi, PA
Hey, question for anyone who has built an outdoor wall.

The biggest decking posts I can find are 12 feet. Is burying them 2 feet in the ground, in concrete, enough???
Michael C
From New Jersey
Joined Jun 9, 2011
409 points
Oct 7, 2015
I guess somewhat similar to gowser, but I was thinking more of creating a platform with vertical side supports, not with the second ladder and supports jetting out. kevino
Joined Sep 12, 2008
0 points
Oct 7, 2015
Michael C wrote:
Hey, question for anyone who has built an outdoor wall. The biggest decking posts I can find are 12 feet. Is burying them 2 feet in the ground, in concrete, enough???


You might want to provide some more details and seek local professional advice. Geometry? "Biggest decking posts"? 8x8s? Damn those would be overkill.

Verify frost depth with your local building code, in Minnesota it's 42" or 60". In which case you should probably consider a free standing setup.

If you're intent on installing in the earth you might also be required to file a building permit with your local municipality.
alpinejason
From Minneapolis
Joined Apr 25, 2010
134 points
Oct 7, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Cannon
I can't seem to find the picture of the set up I made in our backyard.
I had put a hose about 40ft up in a tree and left it spraying mist all night. Froze up nicely.
Zac.St.Jules
From New Hampshire
Joined Dec 20, 2013
1,144 points


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