It Started With an Empty Space Next to the Lawn Mower
Having an abnormally high garage ceiling was bothering me one night, so I decided to build a home rock climbing wall. I probably sold the idea by saying it was for the kids, but I was equally excited about the prospects of honing my climbing skills in the dead of winter. The end result was a 16X8 overhanging plywood monolith and a lot of neighborhood kids in my driveway trying to look extra friendly. “That sure looks fun, mister!”
Needless to say the potential climbing hold capacity of a home rock climbing wall this size is somewhat substantial, and generally speaking quality holds are not free (I’ll return to this in a moment). I started accumulating what I could over time, buying used holds from gyms, scored some at a garage sale, tried to make a few out of natural stone (not good), and bought several brands of okay holds from companies online.
Free Atomik Climbing Holds
Then one day I came across the Atomik Climbing Holds website and the holds were free! Not joking. This company gives out a ton of free and deeply discounted product if you follow them on Facebook—sometimes surrounding holidays, sometimes just for kicks. The strategy must be a winner for them, because once I started loading up my wall with a complimentary Atomik holds I was hooked and started buying. Great quality, fun colors and shapes for kids, legit holds for adults, huge selection, lifetime warranty, and reasonable pricing.
Partnership with The Recreationalist
My experience with their products, plus their advocacy of home climbing walls for families, led to our teaming up. If you are considering a wall at your house, big or small, Atomik has some helpful how-to resources here: http://www.atomikclimbingholds.com/how-to.
If you missed the recent post on Building a Rock Climbing Wall for Kids be sure and check it out.
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