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First ascent.



Hi, my name is Matthew. And I’m addicted to my climbing wall.

Climbing wall – Part 5.

Sunday was nearly as hot as Saturday. Made even hotter by the fact that we now have all the panels on the bouldering wall, and all we have left is to finish screwing the pieces in fully, fill three small gaps with plywood, and attach some holds. It is far sturdier than I could have hoped for and the Metolius grit paint that I paid too much for turned out to be a worth while expenditure as it adds a level of texture that makes this so much more than a wooden wall.

Let’s go climbing.

Prepping to hoist the highest of all panels.


Safe and secure.

Let the race to the finish begin…

. . . . .

Megan and David putting the finishing touches on a panel.

At some point in the day, we announced that David deserved the title of “one who saved the weekend!” Megan and I would have had some trouble getting those panels up all by our lonesome selves. And one or both of us just might have died in the process. So thanks David!

Megan contemplates the distance to the top after we placed the final panel and the light that would envelop her when she reaches the top right corner…

The view from the ground.

Climbing wall – Part 4.

A lot happened today – way more than can be told here. These are the important highlights:

– We started at 8am.
– There were donuts.
– We ended at 8pm.
– We realized we worked long and hard for 12 hours straight with little rest.
– There were veggie burritos.
– There was a high temperature of 107 degrees in Tucson today.
– That’s pretty damn hot.
– The climbing wall is all framed up and ready for the plywood.
– The plywood is all cut, primed, and painted, and ready for the wall.
– Tomorrow it is going to be hotter than today in all likelihood.

Yeah, nothing like toe-nailing screws in. Over and over and over.

And over.

Honestly, this is trick photography. Chris is strong, but not like this picture would lead you to believe.

Jonathan with his famous behind the back drill move.

My friend David showed up at our door last night and we somehow conned him into working long hours in the sun all day today. He says he looks like Popeye here. “I’yam what I’yam!”

A bit of a siesta…

Proud David keep on rolling.

Jonathan dreams of a climbing wall.

Final supports for the wall.

Chris got artsy at some point. Or the sun got to him.

Still artsy. Nice moon.

Yeah, shortly after this the pizza came and we were done for the day.
Oh so done.

Climbing wall – Part 3.

No better way to spend a Friday night than piecing together the supports for a backyard climbing wall. The only thing that might be better was the 10 o’clock showing of the mid-season finale of (warning! geek alert) Battlestar Galactica. Oh yeah. So in honor of the supreme comfort we all feel with our over abundance of love for this scifi drama that rules far too many of our conversations for anyone to think that we are even remotely normal, here are some eery-scifi-esqe-climbing-wall-at-night-pics that help to detail the progress we made last night.

Climbing Wall – Part 2.1.

This post is specifically for my dad and my friend Arthur who I am sure have a keen interest in the angles that were needed in order to make this a sturdy, and worthy structure. I now know my way around a framing square more than I ever thought I would, but if you want an explanation for how all of this came about, I will need more time than just this blog to explain it all…

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