For Christmas in 2014, my grandma gave us all quite a bit of money. I wasn’t sure what to do for our 4 boys but knew I wanted to do something that would get them outside. After looking around the internet for ideas I decided to build a rock wall. Much of what I based my ideas on came from Ben’s Backyard Climbing Wall. Without that as a starting point, I think I would have been lost.
Originally, I wanted to put 4 feet of the beams into the ground. However, where I live the ground contains a lot of clay. About 1 foot into the ground I found clay, 2 feet down I found a white extremely hard clay. That white clay was almost impossible to dig with a shovel. I ended up having to dig a 8.5 foot long trench that allowed me to get in the hole and dig my 3 points where I wanted to put the 6x6s. I was unable to get the holes 4 feet deep, but got them a little over 3 feet.
Once we got the beams in the holes we used carriage bolts to hold them to the 4×6 cross beam. I then put 600 pounds of concrete into the holes to hold the beams in place.
I wanted to make the wall look like a castle and I learned how to make a nice pattern at https://mrmcgroovys.com/how-do-you-paint-that-cool-brick-pattern-on-the-castle/
I currently have one section of the wall done. It is 4 feet wide by 12 feet tall and goes straight up. I had to take a break from the wall to work on my bathroom remodel, but plan to revisit the wall soon. My next section is going to be 4 feet wide by 12 feet tall, but will have a 20 or 30 degree angle leaning back to make for a more difficult climb. Later when my boys are a bit more proficient, I plan to make a section with a more difficult angle like the end section of the one I copied.
Turns out I don’t have a photo of the entire 12 foot wall just the 8 feet I did at first. I guess I will have to get a picture and add it.