Besides a small co-op bouldering room in Lexington, there isn’t a climbing gym within an hour’s drive. Not to mention, the little co-op isn’t exactly welcoming us with open arms. Before we even bought a house, we knew we needed space for a woody. One of the appealing characteristics of our current home is that the ceilings are relatively high. Not mansion high, but relatively high. I think they are 9-10ft.
Building a very simply, small woody is not easy. I didn’t realize just how hard it would be. First, we had to order and wait on the materials since we can’t fit them in our vehicle. Then getting the main supports in place was a huge you-know-what because we couldn’t find the studs. We always struggle to find the studs. We have tried every approach imaginable, and nothing works. So Chris spent hours installing two wood planks. The rest went pretty smoothly. The t-nuts took a long time to drill and pound just because we wanted a really dense grid. Mounting the plywood was tough with only two of us… Those suckers were heavy before t-nuts, let alone after. I managed to come up with a creative solution and we got it done!
Locating studs is no easy task.
Drilling for t-nuts was also incredibly tedious and labor intensive.
Mounting everything with just the two of us was a lesson in patience and innovation.
Boy, were we glad once it was all done! It ended up at about 35 degrees. That was the steepest we could make it without blocking the window and light fixture. We’re really enjoying climbing on it. The best thing about having a minimal woody is that you can easily reset in an hour or two. We don’t ‘set’, though. We just throw the holds up on the wall in a random fashion. It’s really nice to be able to walk in and climb without any crowds, no one to watch, no grades, no pressure. I do miss having a larger gym to play around in, however, and am anxious for ours to open!