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Soft fall matting for bouldering wall
12:12:18 PM
At the beginning of this year I changed from being a full time uni student with heaps of time for climbing to a full time truck driver and full time uni student via distance with very little time for climbing.

Anticipating that this would effect my climbing time I decided to build a boldering wall, it was designed on the fly while building (not a great move in heignsight). The problem is that it ended up a bit over a meter wide and roughly four meters high, not great for falling off and as a result does not get used. I am looking for a cheap alternative for soft fall matting to make it a bit safer so that I might actually start using it.

12:33:02 PM
bed mattresses with a thick tarp over the top.
1:15:42 PM
On 28/10/2007 alrob wrote:
>bed mattresses with a thick tarp over the top.

Thats one option which I am considering, I was wondering if there are any other alternatives which people have used?

1:20:18 PM
Kids wading pool for the real DWS experiance.
1:41:23 PM
A friend of mine who used to teach, bought two old gym crash mats off the school for his wall. A bit hard to come by but at a foot thick provide plenty of padding.

9:05:02 AM
For my wall, the whole family did a hit and run during hard rubbish week. I now have the equivalent of 30 single mattresses under my wall. Works fine. I have a few soft foam ones that I put under the crux of whatever I am working on to stop me feet going between the mattresses when I peel off, which is frequently.

Alternatives to hard rubbish are the various free-cycle web sites around.

7:18:56 PM
Its amazing how mattresses seem to sprout when needed. If all your mates know you have a need you'll have to tell em to stop sooner than you think. I find carpet over the gaps works great. If its outdoors remember to run some bits of wood to keep the whole lot off the ground. Futons are usefull also.
Dr Softfall
7:37:54 PM
I would recommend a fine bark softfall surface, as an alternative to synthetic rubber surfacing.
Woodchip soft falll is available from larger nursery supplies retailers. An alternative option may be to
contact a softfall surfacing company to see if they have any old synthetic softfall which has been
removed from a playground.
I trust this helps

Regards Dr Softfall

Playcover Softfall Rubber & Softfall Synthetic Grass Surfacing for
2:48:39 PM

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