Climbing Wall Construction FAQ
With all of our experience building indoor rock climbing facilities, we can help answer your questions regardless of how far along in the process you may be. Here are some general questions and answers to help get you started. Have a question that’s not on the list? Call us at 303-447-0512 or send us an email.
Can I move my wall around?
Modular walls are the way to go if you will need to move your climbing wall to a new facility at some point in time. If you want to be able to provide your climbers with exciting terrain that “doesn’t get old” the way to do that is to frequently reconfigure the handhold routes, not take the wall down and reconfigure it.
Can I participate in the design process?
Yes! We enjoy working with you to develop the perfect climbing wall design. If you are new to climbing we will serve as guides to maximize your space and ensure a functional and inviting design. If you have specific ideas about your wall we will work with you to achieve these goals. You will also have input on color, surface texture and features like cracks, rappel ledges and more. We develop in CAD which outputs a 3D image. You can rotate your wall, image it in space and really get a sense of the design features and scale.
How long will my climbing wall construction take?
After we receive your signed contract and deposit we begin design immediately. This stage goes quickly for clients who are responsive with design approval. Fabrication and engineering then take approximately 1-2 weeks depending on your project size. Next is installation which usually takes about two weeks for the first 1,000 sq ft, and one additional week per 1,000 sq ft thereafter. Modular walls can ship and install in less than a week and generally take 2-6 weeks for fabrication. Call for more info on schedules and to check our availability.
How much space is needed for my wall?
To estimate the amount of space you need for your climbing wall, first consider how many climbers you wish to serve with a simple formula: two active participants for every seven foot wide section of wall (one climber and one belayer/spotter). At peak capacity there will be one or two passive participants for every active participant. Therefore, every seven linear feet of wall can entertain four climbers. For example, 100 linear feet of climbing wall under peak capacity would entertain approximately 57 participants. Bouldering terrain can reasonably support even more climbers.
For top roping, climber satisfaction is generally optimized at heights of 24′ to 35′. While 20′ tall top rope walls tend to be popular because of building constraints, if you have less than 20′ you might consider bouldering terrain instead because the ideal height for that style of climbing is 10′ to 14′ tall. Traverse walls under 8′ tall are typical for kid’s terrain.
Your floor space needs a landing area that extends at least seven feet out from the furthest protruding wall feature. Plan for space that is at least 15′ to 20′ deep (perpendicular to the wall) to allow for exciting climbing features and safe flooring.
What additional costs should I plan for?
Eldorado quotes are all encompassing and should not require additional charges in regards to the development and installation of the climbing wall unless there are extraneous circumstances. When asking for pricing, be sure to be specific on the items you would like included in your climbing wall package. Available options include handholds, ropes, auto belays, rental items like shoes and harnesses, flooring and any special features you would like your climbing wall to include such as cracks and belay ledges. This is the best way to guarantee complete pricing for everything you need.
- Handholds and fastening hardware. Handholds bolt onto the wall and can be grouped to make terrain continually interesting to your climbers.
- Ropes. Ropes may be one of the larger operational costs, especially if a facility provides ropes for lead climbing.
- Rental equipment. The size of classes you offer will usually determine the scope of the rental inventory. You may want to carry harnesses, locking caribiners, belay devices, chalk bags and footwear.
- A few miscellaneous items. You will need a route marking system, tape, quick draws and floor anchors for lead climbing, tools for course-setting and an assortment of ladders.
- Autobelay maintenance. If you purchase autobelays, they will need to be maintained annually.
What colors are available for my wall?
Color choices are available through our sales and project management team. Contact us at 303-447-0512 to discuss color options. Colors shown in images on our website are affected by light, surface texture, shadow, density, time and other surrounding or nearby colors. Actual climbing wall color selection is to be made using Eldorado Wall Company approved finishing systems. Color selections should be made under lighting conditions similar to those under which the climbing wall will be used, such as the strong light and shadows of natural daylight or final building interior lighting and finishing schemes.
What type of flooring do you recommend?
For most indoor climbing walls we recommend our ProTec flooring system because it is easy to clean and combines the softness needed for a fall with the firmness necessary for ladders and wheelchairs. For gym climbing walls we recommend our custom “flip up” pads that lock the wall off when not in use and protect people from running into the wall while participating in other activities. For outdoor climbing walls the best option is often pea gravel or E-Deck flooring because of their ability to stand up to the elements.
Why choose Eldorado?
There are many reasons to choose Eldorado and they boil down to quality, integrity, passion and attention to detail. When planning a climbing structure with us you’ll benefit from decades of manufacturing and gym operation experience. We’ll create an inviting space that is easy to manage, challenges your climbers and engages your spectators. Finally, Eldorado offers the best customer education and ongoing customer support programs in the industry so you can be sure the decisions you make regarding your climbing wall are informed ones.
Why doesn’t Eldorado use square footage when estimating climbing wall cost?
We prefer not to quote on square footage because every project requires the consideration of different factors including access, structural wall construction, type of climbing walls and extraordinary features like cracks and arches. The best way to get an accurate price for your climbing wall is to email us your architectural plans or photographs you might have. If you don’t have plans or are still dreaming, we can always give you a rough estimate from the length and height of your desired climbing walls.