Monday, December 10, 2012

Part Two: How to develop your Woodie!

So based on the questions asked in the first post, I think the first question you need to ask is "Who is the user group for my woodie?"  By this question I mean; Is the wall going to be only for you as a training device? Is it going to be for fun-times with beginner friends? Are little ones, such as kids going to be using it?  Answering these questions will help guide the design process.

The second set of questions I would ask are;
  • How big is the space you have to work with?
    • Can I mount to existing Structures?
    • Will the floor structure carry the weight of my Woodie?
So below are some photos of walls that I have been involved with,  and some from other blog authors.

The design model for our new garage wall, in our Denver, CO rental.

The Carport on Smith Street in Athens, Ohio:

The Warehouse outside of Athens, Ohio:

The basement of my last house in Athens:

The former "Solution Rock Gym" in Athens, Ohio: 
Basically a giant woodie.

The Garage on East State Street:

Brian's Basement in Cleveland:

Part three will be the construction of the new home wall design.  With photos throughout the process to help you develop your proper woodi!

Remember comments are always welcomed.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New season, new psyche!

As it tends to do, the blog has sat dormant for a while now. The summer break from classes has seen many people off on trips and away from Athens and our beloved boulders (if not mentally, at least physically). Fear not though! With the return of the fall semester and cooler temps, climbers will spill out of the wood work and get busy scrubbing the summer lichen off the best stone in Ohio. If you're new to the area and looking to climb, then welcome! The boulders around Athens have a lot to offer for those who are unafraid of a little dirt and moss, or committing to a scary "Athens mantle". Check out some of the nifty topos/guides linked above to get yourself headed in the right direction, or give a shout over on the AthensBouldering FB page if you've got questions. If you're an ol' Athens vet, then you know the deal -  boulders need traffic to stay clean and climbable. Do your part by sending the gnar! And while I know the words I'm writing are very intellectually stimulating, we could use some pretty new pictures to liven this place up. So if you've got an expensive DSLR just sitting around *cough*Corey*cough*, toss that puppy into your bouldering gear and snap a few butt shots.  

Hope to see you out there.

Friday, February 3, 2012

February Climbing!

Hey all! This past weekend I saw several people taking advantage of this amazing unusually warm weather, and although birds nest still might not be dry for another few seasons there is still plenty of sending going on including a plethora of FA's. With OU and Hocking's comp's just around the corner get yourself outside, enjoy the amazing weather and train your face off so you can win some sweet stuff at these comps!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Southern Deployment

With winter, along comes the want to stretch the season. To pinch out a few more days, and escape the gray sky often looming above Ohio. Not to mention a six week winter break for O.U. students, the last of the 6 week gaps, ever to exist, ever. Seems like a good enough reason to justify the ~12 hour drive to the Deep South.
After bouncing around the states with Daniel, the weather in Rocktown straightened itself out and we met up with the O.U.O.P. crew piloted by Dustyn and Tailor, with a slew of enthusiasts not to be forgotten. With our reunion came days of sunshine and mornings full of hood remixtures and gangsta' rap.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Part One: "So You Want a Woodie"!

A former Athenian sent a question to a few fellow climbers.  His message is posted below:

Help/input needed!

I'm looking to build a woody in my apartment's spare bedroom. Since you guys are seasoned pros at building these hopefully you can help.

I have a space aprox 8'W x 11'L x 9'H to work with. Only condition is it must be free standing, can't mount to any walls or ceiling.

Looking at grabbing the SoIll Bolt-On starter pack to get started.

Looking at a design similar to this:

Thoughts? Must haves?


So, since receiving his email it reignited my interest to add a home wall section to the blog.

After thinking about the topic for a bit I came up with a few questions you will need to ask yourself before beginning your home wall.
  • What are my construction capabilities?
  • How big is the space you have to work with?
    • Can I mount to existing Structures?
    • Will the floor structure carry the weight of my Woodie?
  • Who is the user group for my woodie?
  • What type of budget to I have to work with?
This is just a starting list that will probably grow as we continue this project.

As part of this project I will be constructing a new woodie in my garage.  I will try to document the project as much as possible.

I know this is already posted under the "Home Walls" page.  But I am going to be posting them as blog entries and pasting them under the home walls section too.  I will also link all comments to the page section too.  Let me know if you have any comments on the article, I plan to update the previous articles if people have suggestion for home wall construction. -Thanks, Tim.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Arching Nemesis Project Goes

The Arching Nemesis Project at the Superman Area just went down!  More info to come.

Monday, October 24, 2011

V10 in the House

Athens County has now got it's first V10. One of the projects up at the Lions Wall went down.  "King Scar" was the project on the right most side of the wall, that climbed a slightly overhung face through crimps and slopers to the top.

Here is what the first ascentionist, Aaron Schneider had to say about it from his 8a card:
"Hard DESPERATE. Lurched to the last hold and managed to snag it off the heinous slopers. So psyched to put this one down. First double digit line (that I'm aware of) in Ohio, and a HARD 7C+ at that. Awesome Athen's crew to get me psyched. More lines to go."

I know it's not the first double digit line in Ohio, but it is the first for Athens.  They have a video of both the new lines which they should be posting soon.