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ERIC Number: ED419650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 12
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Climbing Walls: From Form to Function.
Moore, Tim J.
Surveys were returned from 40 of 235 climbing gyms nationwide in an effort to identify or verify issues concerning the design, construction, and use of artificial climbing walls. The survey was complemented by discussions with wall manufacturers, architects, engineers, climbing gym owners, wall managers and staff, competition organizers, and climbers. Results indicate that the size of climbing gyms has increased during the 1990s, with most gyms reporting between 5,000 and 6,100 square feet of climbable surface. While experienced climbing wall manufacturers are being kept busy, most walls today are built by local carpenters and climbers. This results in lower construction costs, but also design, construction, and operational problems. Other problems are associated with educating and promoting the climbing wall concept to administrators, agencies, and others who may impact the decision-making process. Prominent or recurring themes such as space, design, and location were cited both as problems experienced by gyms and as features critical to gym success. Conclusions include a need for detailed planning; a need for planners to experience climbing and to confer with the climbing community; and a need for adequate space surrounding the wall to address safety issues and supporting services. (Contains eight tables presenting survey results and a list of steps for the design and development of a climbing gym project.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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