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Old 11-27-2006, 05:20 AM   #1
Richard Boureston
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Does anyone have plans or pictures of a freestanding tower for rope climbs?
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Old 11-27-2006, 08:44 AM   #2
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I will be building one in the next few weeks. At this point it is just a "concept". I found a local supplier of 24' x 7" logs, I will bury it in concrete maybe 4-6 feet. At the top I will cantelever 4-6 feet out. The other idea was two of these poles with a beam between them. I think I can get away with only one pole.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:12 AM   #3
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http://trapezerigging.com/

He's got some pics of freestanding trapeze stuff. I assume you'd want something similar for your tower.

On the other hand, you could go this route...

http://images.google.com/images?svnum=10&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls =org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=big+trees&btnG=Search
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:03 AM   #4
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I only have blue spruce trees...and some stunted fruit trees...so its the tower route for me.

My "gallows" will be strategically placed between two blue spruces, thus warding off any nosey neighbors trying to play the neighborhood covenant card. This will also deter my kids from tarzaning over the neighbors fence. If and when I move, I dig a few inches down and bust out the chain saw.
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Old 11-27-2006, 01:06 PM   #5
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I was just talking with my contractor friend and he said that if you go 20 feet up you should have the footing about 4.5 deep and 2 feet wide.

How do you plan on supporting the top?
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:59 PM   #6
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:20 PM   #7
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Don't have plans or pics but I do have an idea worked out that I'm considering. Very simple really, just go to your local metals dealer and buy a 25' length of 3x3 thick wall square tubing. Have them weld a hangman with a diagonal brace on one end. Cut a hole in the arm out near the end to mount a shackle from. Take it home and sink it a hole about 4' deep, brace it off, then fill with concrete and you're ready to roll in a couple days. It would end up looking something like this:
http://www.acclaimimages.com/_gallery/_pages/0471-0610-3116-3252.html

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:53 AM   #8
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Frank i have been thinking of the same type rope climb after my tree limb busted while climbing it. My local lowes will order 24ft 6x6 buried 4 or 5 ft with about a 10 ft 6x6 on top 7ft hanging out ofrom the main pole on the rope end and another 3 ft hanging out the opposite end dato jointing the 2 pieces with galvanized bolts, should work.
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:17 PM   #9
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That must've been interesting! Glad to hear you're ok. I say go for it but make sure that thing has some diagonal support. Better safe than sorry! Just thought of another issue depending on the surrounding environs. That, or any other device like it, would attract the attention of some little rascals very easily if you know what I mean. It'll be a while before I put mine up, at least after the holidays.
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