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Old 09-23-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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An idea for rope climbing

All of the credit, and a huge thanks, for this idea goes to CrossFit Rockwall.

I've been putting a garage gym together for about 4 years. It started as a means to train my son for competetive wrestling. It has evolved into a recreational sport that my whole family gets involved in.

Our biggest issue since we started putting this thing together is that we couldn't find a feasible way to hang a rope. We live in a fairly new neighborhood, which used to be a pasture, so there isn't any trees except for the ones we've planted. Building a structure in the backyard to hang a rope from was out of the question. I had to build 2 sheds to store all of my lawn equipment, etc. that would normally be stored in a garage. There isn't much room left for my 2 dogs.

So for the last 4 years, whenever we needed to do a WOD with rope climbing involved we'd head to Towle Stadium on Fort Bragg. This was, seriously, big pain in the butt. A 20 minute drive, security checks, lugging equipment around in the bed of my truck, etc.

Recently, I came across Rockwall Crossfit's website and saw a picture of a women, Mary Woodruff, climbing into her ceiling. Bingo! So here is my version of it. The rope is mounted 16' above the garage floor.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

Nice! How did you fasten it to the rafter?
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:33 AM   #3
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

I used a piece of 3/4" galvanized pipe. Neither the rope or pipe shifts at all.

We did a 20 min. AMRAP yesterday with it. 20, 24" box jumps and a rope climb.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:49 AM   #4
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

Great Job! My question is hows the space to climb through do you bump into it sometimes from climbing, I ask this because when I climb my 20 foot rope outside it swings.

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Old 09-23-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

I also thought hitting the sides might be an issue before I set it up, but I'm not a big guy. I'm 5' 10" 185 lbs., and don't have a problem with it at all. Even when I'm extremely fatigued I don't hit the sides.

I'm using a 20' rope from Rogue so there's about a 4' section of rope that sits on the garage floor. The extra length keeps the rope from swinging.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:57 AM   #6
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

Thanks for the quick answer! Very nice gym also. How do you like the grappling dummy do you use it for more of striking such as ground and pound or more of BJJ?

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

Thanks, Gus. Here's a couple photos of the whole gym.

We use the dummy for Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling throws. I'm too heavy for my son to throw, but the dummy only weighs 70 lbs. and never complains.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

I like it. My only question is has it effected your ac or heating bill at all? I will need some ammo if I try to attempt something like this.
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:15 AM   #9
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The only thing I've noticed so far is that the garage cools down much faster when I open the garage door. There is some type of vaccuum effect created, which draws the hot air up into the attic.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:04 AM   #10
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Re: An idea for rope climbing

That looks great! I have a rope that I hung using galvanized pipe as well but I fastened it to the ceiling studs. The entire garage ceiling moves when I climb. Cutting a box and attaching the rope to the actual house rafters is a great idea.

I'll give it a shot and post pics.

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