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An outdoor rock climbing wall is the perfect way for your kids to have fun while getting fresh air and exercise. Spring is on the way, at Knowles Building Centre, we believe it is the perfect time to start planning your outdoor rock climbing wall.
This DIY project can be completed in a weekend so your kids can get off their phones and video games and get outside for climbing adventures. The walls are constructed with wood, so no need for stone-carving skills. We’ve sourced a few creative ways to build a rock wall that is safe for kids of all ages. You’ll save money by doing it yourself, and get the satisfaction of seeing your kids enjoying the rock wall you’ve built.
The design you choose will depend on where you want to locate your climbing rock wall, the abilities and ages of your children, and your budget.
You can choose the wood that is best for your budget, but always make sure it’s not warped or damaged in any way. Look for straight wood panels and boards with smooth edges for the best results.
Good wood choices for a lighter-weight structure are pine, cedar, or a sheet of plywood. If you decide to use heavier pressure-treated wood, it’s a good idea to have a helper when it’s time to lift and move it.
Determine the best size for your rock wall by considering the space you have, how heavy it will be if you need to move it and how many children will want to use it at one time. This project is based on an approximate size of 7’ high by 4’ wide.
An easy-to-build A-frame rock climbing wall can have climbing holds on both sides or one side only, with a rope ladder on the other. The two sides hinge together at the top making it easy to fold up and move around or store during the winter months.
If you want to add a rock wall and ladder combo to your children’s play structure, this is a great way to do it. Peter has some excellent tips to help you build the rock climbing wall and ladder that’s right for your family.
You can buy rock climbing holds for different weight limits. So, if you want to get in on the climbing with your kids, the 220 lb. weight limit is a safer choice!
Determine how steep you want your climbing wall to be based on your kids’ ages and abilities. Obviously, the steeper the rock wall, the more challenging it will be for your child. Above all, you want a safe and enjoyable climbing experience for your children.
If you’ve already built a tree fort for your kids, then it’s only natural to give them a fun way to climb up to it! Why not add a rock wall? The great thing about adding a rock wall to your tree house is you won’t need to build a base for it as your tree house will provide the support it needs.
Let the climbing begin!
If you have any questions or need more information, visit Knowles Building Centre. Our team is always available to help in any way we can.
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