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Old 11-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
Chris Wyant
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Crash Mat Thickness Suggestions

Hey Folks,

We just moved into a new large space with high ceilings (yay!) and we are about to order climbing ropes for the high beams.

In regards to crash mats - how thick would you want the mats in case someone falls? I have heard that you want 2 inches for every 8 feet climbed which means for a 15 foot climb - a 4 inch thick crash mat. The mats would be going over a very hard and solid concrete slab.

Considering our ceilings go up 27 feet - should I just get a collar to put around the rope that prevents people from climbing higher or look into thicker crash mats?

Any input or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Re: Crash Mat Thickness Suggestions

We don't have any mats at our gym, just the rubber flooring.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:43 AM   #3
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Re: Crash Mat Thickness Suggestions

I would just get a 15' rope and attach it to a long, sturdier element (big chain, cables, stronger non-climbing thick rope) that connects to the beam. Climbing Ropes are not unbreakable/will wear over time, and you don't want to have to go up to 27' regularly to inspect them.
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Re: Crash Mat Thickness Suggestions

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I would just get a 15' rope and attach it to a long, sturdier element (big chain, cables, stronger non-climbing thick rope) that connects to the beam. Climbing Ropes are not unbreakable/will wear over time, and you don't want to have to go up to 27' regularly to inspect them.
That's a good idea. The transition between the two elements would mark the 15' mark as well.

I have a 2 inch thick crash mat at my gym. It's great for our 12 foot rope climbs and for developing gymnastics movements (Handstand, etc). I definitely plan to buy more mats so highly recommend them.

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