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Home Wall Contest

WOW - you all have built some amazing home walls! We are blown away at your talent, creativity, and dedication to the craft. Also, it was really nice hearing from everyone. <3

Looking to purchase some holds for your home wall? 

In total, we received 25 submissions to the ASCEND Home Wall Contest and we've compiled everything here, for our community to peruse and to take inspiration. See below for descriptions, stories, and photos from everyone!

  • Erica McCormick
    • BabyHead Studio - Why the name? The ‘babyhead’ came from the babyhead climbing holds we got from SoiLL. The ‘studio’ came from wanting to sound pretentious... ya know, for laughs. In June 2018 I was in skydiving accident, so while I was stuck in bed for 3 months—‘Stay at Home Order: 2018 edition’—my boyfriend, Jon, and I came up with the plans for our home gym. We spent the next 4 months building it, and by ‘we’, I mean mostly Jon. Since building it, we’ve brought in weights, a spin bike, and the ability to hang a slackline. We’re lucky to be stuck inside here!
  • Jeremy Orient
    • I call this one the Pandemitree. It's an old ash tree that died years ago, but was never fully cut down. I always thought I could turn it into some sort of a cool bouldering tree because of all the unique features, but I never had any motivation to do it until now. It took quite a bit of time to strip all the bark off and get everything set, but ended up being totally worth it!
  • Tom Watterson
    • We just finished our quarantine wall this morning. My son, Ben Watterson has a 10-pass to ASCEND and is a more frequent patron. We are still waiting on some more holds and need some more routes. And a lot of foam suppliers are closed. It has a 35 degree wall, 25 degree wall, and a vert wall section in the corner.  The arete covers an HVAC line and is now known as crimps corner. The monkey bars unclip to get out of the way. And there is space for some rings.
  • Molly Flannery
    • Our wall is 18 feet high with a homemade multi-anchor top rope setup. This is located in my family’s barn in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where I am currently quarantining, and where it is currently snowing. We have had climbers from age range 9-70 on this wall. We had fun putting our ASCEND gear on for this photo shoot and we can’t wait to get back in the gym with everyone when all this is over!
  • Clayton Foster
    • Thanks to you and Aaron again for letting me buy some amazing holds from you! Attached are a few different photos of my garage climbing wall I built within the last 2 weeks. Wall Specs: 8ft wide x 1ft tall kicker board, 8ft wide × 10ft 8in wall, 30 degree overhang, 204 T-Nuts - staggered placement, 3/4in plywood, 2 homemade volumes- painted with sand for texture, 4 homemade campus boards, 70 total holds (so far ), 7 routes based on hold color. Thank you for putting this awesome challenge together!!
  • Jeff Malone
    • Around 9 years ago, a crew of climbing friends got together at friend's garage. Constructed ourselves a 16'x16' U wall with a full ceiling to keep our training going. Years later the homeowner at the time told me take it down because they were going to sell the house. So, I started stripping the holds. Few months go by and we meet again. Inform them I started and she stopped me. And asked "why?" I responded "you told me to." They then tell me I don't need to take it down because their going to sell me the house. So, I built my wall years before I owned it, haha! Climb hard, stay safe!
  •  Quinn Wirth
    • My friend Dan and I mounted this about 2 weeks ago. The slab is 8'x4' and we set it 2' off of the ground so it is approximately 10' high! We also cut the studs at an angle to add a small amount of difficulty. We were able to complete the project for less than $100 (not including holds). I currently have more holds on the way (They can't come soon enough lol) but they have been pretty tricky to wrangle in this strange time. Regardless, it has been a ton of fun and is proving to be a great work out!
  • Ivana and Zhao
    • Just finished building our Moonboard. Building is hard. We couldn't have done it without a lot of guidance from different people (Brian helped us a lot from afar), and Jeremy Brown came by with a drywall hoist.
  • Nate Smith
    • My wife, 4 kids (10, 8, 5, and 1), and I started our wall under our deck in October. I removed 40-50 wheelbarrows of dirt and built a wall to level it out. We added 2 layers of artificial field turf for cushioning and to keep our climbing shoes clean. It is full of rubber pellets and we needed help from a lot of neighbors... it weighed 800 lbs! The original section was 16ft x 8ft and had about 50 holds. I joined ASCEND PGH in January and during this quarantine we added another 8ft x 8ft section. Now there are about 120 holds with 40 more on the way (backordered). I really appreciate the 28 holds that Aaron picked out for me and I’m glad I could help ASCEND financially during the closure.
  • Zack Holm (A-Team Youth Climber)
    • Thanks for doing this cool competition. I love what you guys do at ASCEND climbing gym. I hope to visit Pittsburgh ASCEND when it opens back up again. I have only been to ASCEND Youngstown. Also, when we built the wall we put a door in it so that there is access behind the wall.
  • Matt Williams
    • I have always struggled on cracks, so given the time home decided to build this adjustable crack machine. I can adjust the bolts to do anything from fingers to fists/stacks. Combined with hangboarding to maintain grip strength it's been fun to focus on getting the crack movement to be more familiar. I painted it will sand mixed into the paint so with tape I get really good friction on my jams. Miss you guys - hang in there and see you after we're allowed back out!
  • Gregory Plumb
    • Here is my home wall that I built once ASCEND closed. Some interesting things about it: It can be taken down or put up in about 5 minutes. The angle is adjustable. It's 6' wide by 8' tall but my apartment ceilings are somewhere around 7'9", so it's never upright. By some miracle, my neighbors never complained about the noise when I was building it or when I make new holds. The last picture is the mounting mechanism (one rope now has knots in it to have discrete/reproducible angle choices). 
  •  Ben Kahn
    • My buddy Kaelan Sullivan and I built in my garage. It's 4x10 feet and has adjustable bracing for 4 different overhanging settings. The holds are all reclaimed wood, sanded to shape. It ain't much to look at, but it gets the job done. On another note, I wanted to personally extend my thanks and appreciation for all that you guys are doing now, and all that you have done in the past to cultivate the community we miss so much. A friend (who I met at ASCEND) and I were talking the other day about the gym, the community, climbing, etc. and how much we miss it all. Particularly noteworthy was when she said that more folks from ASCEND have reached out to her and maintained contact than family members and friends from school. I think that's a testament to the strength of the community that you and everyone at ASCEND, members and staff, have strived to build. That community isn't going away.
  • Nico Savoia
    • I just finished construction for my home wall. I got the materials at 12:30 yesterday and put it up as quick as I could... hopefully that’s a category lol!
  • Juliette Powers
    • Welcome to the "office"! Our wall's nickname, because an office was the original intention for this room. Chris had other plans to move our climbing/fitness operation from the dark dingy basement to the main level. Our wall might not be the tallest, coming in at only 9', but it allows for some fun traverses, (window sill is off). The incline wall, while not adjustable features shelves for storage of our fitness gear and the "nook" in the back lefFigured we'd share some pics of our home wall. Laila and I built this with a lot of help from Joe Parnell. The vertical is around 7.5 feet width along the bottom, and each of the 45 and 15 degree are between 6.5-7 feet in width. The high point of the 45 is approximately 9 feet. The timing was impeccable, and although we originally only wanted to supplement with warm-ups and day-to-day movement, we've since had some seriously try-hard sessions into the night. Even still, we can't wait for things to return to normal and will continue to support Ascend during the down time, however long.t corner is a hanging area for our outdoor climbing gear. Other features of the wall include: Beefed up ceiling support for roof holds and my aerial yoga hammock, webbing and carabiners for easy hammock hanging, and moveable dog bed, I mean crash pad. Our custom to fit the room padded floor is still in the works, shout out to The Foam Factory for having everything we need to help keep our climbing safe at home. One of the best features is the ability to see the TV from this workout space, so we can follow along with home workouts to help keep us in climbing shape while we are stuck at home. Now if we could only get some of those awesome routesetters to come give us a hand!
  • Maggie Bupp
    • Quick note about my wall: It's a 8' x 12' with a 15" x 8' footboard. I'm not sure which category it fits in the best, but if there was a category for cozy it would definitely win! I keep my hammock in there for a quick rest (or nap) before the send go. I wasn't sure at first about doing a design on the board, but I'm glad I decided to add the sunflower.
  • Cassie Conte
    • Matt built it over two weekends at the beginning of April. He started planning nearly two years ago, actually, when his mom was in hospice - to keep his mind off of it. We haven’t said it out loud, but I feel Julia with us when we’re down there climbing. She passed away last winter, and would have loved to see what her son built.
  • Valerie Greenwich
    • I was missing ASCEND and climbing so much I decided to spend my time productively by building my own training wall in our attic.
  • Robin and Laila
    • Laila and I built this with a lot of help from our friend Joe. The vertical is around 7.5 feet width along the bottom, and each of the 45 and 15 degree are between 6.5-7 feet in width. The high point of the 45 is approximately 9 feet. The timing was impeccable, and although we originally only wanted to supplement with warm-ups and day-to-day movement, we've since had some seriously try-hard sessions into the night. Even still, we can't wait for things to return to normal and will continue to support ASCEND during the down time, however long.
  • Luke and Garrett Eckley
    • My 14 year old son (Garrett) and I complete our home wall in early February, right before this COVID outbreak starting hitting the news. Fortunate timing to say the least! Our wall isn’t huge, but Garrett is definitely getting some good workouts in while the gyms are closed. Maybe the best feature of our wall is that you can easily change the angle. We put the notches at the top, so it can be pushed back to various angles of inversion, and pin it there with 4 screws and a 3 foot section of 2”x4” lumber. Can’t wait until ASCEND is open again!
  • Alex Charlton
    • Greetings from East Pittsburgh! I saw the post on Insta and wanted to share some photos of my home wall I built 3ish weeks ago! Not sure what category it belongs... more professional than creative? 45 degree trainer 8x10 with any and all holds I could pull together before everyone sold out. Some vintage Pusher holds, pre quarantine holds from Escape and Metolius and even some wooden handcrafted holds. If you have any old holds, please let me know and I will buy them up from you!!
  • Jeremy Battyanyi
    • Fun home wall facts: 180 sqft of climbing surface, 15 ft long, 7.5 ft tall, 23, 30, and 53 degree angles plus 14 ft ‘roof’ section, 350+ holds and counting, this is technically my home's ‘Master Bedroom’, hardest part: ripping out drywall, the cats didn’t help and they are awful at spotting no matter how hard they try, I usually climb with just socks and little to no chalk on the home wall, recent upgrades: surround sound speakers and large fan.
  • Ross Ayer
    • I would like to submit my dorm woody to the wall contest. Sadly, it is not getting any loving right now, as it is locked up, still in my dorm.
  • Brad Bailey
    • It's not exactly a home wall, but I thought I'd share my hangboard setup. I got the plans from reddit. Pro: I can set this up on basically any doorframe. Con: It's super low to the ground and turns into a core workout since I need to keep my feet off the ground (but maybe that's a pro?).
  • Bob Rentka
    • Not much but keeping me going.