ARTIFICIAL CLIMBING WALLS

Artficial climbing walls have become one of the most popular indoor and outdoor adventure activities in recent years. They provide all-year training opportunity to the climbing community and are well-liked by kids and families, in schools, adventure and outdoor education centres.

You can distinguish several types of artificial climbing walls, below we give you a brief overview.

To help our customers make the right choices in design, construction and operation of their wall, we have collected our know-how in more detail and prepared a brochure for you to download.

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Roped Climbing Walls

A ‘traditional’ type of indoor climbing wall. Great for multiple use and developing all round climbing skills, preparing users for outdoor climbing if they are ready to face the elements!

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What are they?
Roped walls offer a safe but challenging alternative to climbing a real rock face outdoors using ropes to securely climb to the top. These are typically over four metres in height and require a climber and a belayer (or belay device) to allow safe ascent to the top, from where the climber is lowered back to the ground. There are essentially two types of roped wall – top-roping walls and leading walls.

Top roping walls have a rope already fixed in position, attached to the wall by a belay point at the top of the wall, ready for the climber to attach to. Leading walls contain safety points for a climber to attach a rope as they climb to the top. Most modern walls are a combination of both types, giving flexibility for the users as routes can be changed regularly – top ropes can be placed on different routes allowing the previous top-roped route to be used by climbers leading routes).

With a Hang Fast wall, the routes are designed in a way that gives the climber the same kind of experience as climbing outdoors – without the bad weather and midges. The routes can be graded in terms of difficulty, allowing the novice to work their way up from relatively easy climbs, to routes that are much more challenging. Our skilled technicians can craft and design your wall to suit any ability – from complete beginner to elite athlete.

Why have a roped wall?
Roped walls offer the experience of climbing up a rock face indoors, great for building confidence and skills before heading out and contending with the elements on outdoor rock faces.
Many wall structures offer great versatility with the ability to change routes on a regular basis.

Roped walls are becoming increasing popular in schools due to NICAS www.nicas.co.uk and the GCSE P.E. Assessment.

Design and Build
Hang Fast designs, manufactures and installs all types of roped wall to fit any space and to suit any budget. A roped wall designed by Hang Fast can include any number of different features – from gentle slabs to steep vertical walls and overhangs – and are available in all our construction options (please see Construction section and PDFs for more information on what is available). The time it takes to manufacture and install a wall is dependent on size and type, and can take anything from a few days to weeks.

Hang Fast can provide, install and maintain auto belay devices, If you only have a limited budget then one of our great value for money off-the-shelf Tectonic packages would be suitable. These are pre-engineered and designed walls that can be built at a competitive price and installed in a short time.

All Hang Fast climbing walls are built to the European Standard for Artificial Climbing Structures (EN 12572) and come with a five-year guarantee (subject to contract) and first year annual inspection included. To extend the guarantee and prolong the life of your climbing wall, yearly maintenance contracts are available.

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Bouldering Walls

The new trendy kid on the block! Now recognised as a sport in its own right bouldering walls are increasing in number and popularity. Make any area your climbing space.

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What are they?
Bouldering walls offer low level climbing without the need for personal safety equipment (e.g. a climbing harness). They are typically between 4m and 4.5m in height and have specialist safety matting underneath to cushion any impacts. Bouldering walls were originally conceived to replicate challenging problems on routes allowing climbers to train and practice until they had the ability to climb the route outdoors. Whilst bouldering walls are still used for the same reason today, bouldering has developed into a sport in its own right. A new breed of climbers who call themselves ‘boulderers’ have evolved, with their own distinctive lifestyle – they can often be seen scuttling around northern, gritstone outcrops in the depths of winter with large mattresses strapped to their backs and sporting beanie hats for additional warmth.

Due to the advancement and popularity of the sport, boundaries in bouldering are being challenged and more sophisticated and technical problems can created artificially then can be found naturally.

Why have a bouldering wall?
Bouldering walls can be built in any space you have available – if you think your space is too small then why not challenge us? They do not require high roofs and they do not have to be large to offer a variety of challenging routes. Many climbing centres now have bouldering walls alongside roped climbing walls offering different climbing and training facilities for their customers. Bouldering walls are generally cheaper to operate and maintain compared to roped climbing walls.

As the majority of Hang Fast staff are passionate climbers, creating challenging and fun routes is what we enjoy. If you need a different type of bouldering wall then make our day and give us the opportunity to help you progress the developing world of bouldering!

Design & Build
Hang Fast designs, manufactures and installs all types of bouldering wall to fit any space and to suit any budget. The walls can be constructed from an extensive range of materials (please see Construction section & PDFs for information of what is available). The time it takes to manufacture and install a wall is dependent on size and type, and can take anything from a few ays to weeks. Bouldering walls can contain both natural profile characteristics (for example slabs, vertical walls, overhangs, roofs, cracks and flakes) and innovative or novel shapes such as pyramids, domes and barrels.

During the design phase Hang Fast ensure that a full understanding is gained of the end user’s needs to ensure the right level of complexity and flexibility is built into the bouldering wall. Design has moved on from the grey colours of the original walls and today the walls are aesthetically pleasing and can be created in any colour required by the client – if a pink wall is what you want then that is what you will get!All Hang Fast climbing walls are built to the European Standard for Artificial Climbing Structures (EN 12572) and come with a five-year guarantee (subject to contract) and first year annual inspection included. To extend the guarantee and prolong the life of your climbing wall, yearly maintenance contracts are available.

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TRAVERSE WALLS

No height but plenty of length?! If this is your problem, no need to worry you can still have a climbing area. Convert any wall into a traverse wall, including a corridor. How cool would your office or school be then?

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What are they?
Traverse walls are up to two metres high and can built along an existing wall or free-standing structure. They can vary in length depending on space available. These walls are increasing popular for those with limited space due to the fact they are simple and cost effective whilst offering a climbing experience. Traverse walls require limited protection for the users (e.g. no safety ropes or harnesses).

In climbing centres traverse walls are often used as ‘warm up’ walls by climbers preparing them for more challenging routes. Traverse walls are found both indoors and outdoors and are a great addition to other play ground and recreational  facility equipment. They work well in the corridors of schools and sport facilities, making use of all available space.

Why have a traverse wall?
Traverse walls are the most cost effective and fastest way to put a climbing experience in your centre or school. You can create a traverse wall on a brick wall, or even a fence. The structure of the wall means that you don’t need staff with qualifications to enable people to climb on it, increasing its usability while reducing costs. Climbing across a traverse wall requires co-ordination and balance, as well as the ability to think before you make your move. These are great skills to develop to enhance climbing performance in a range of ages and abilities. Traverse walls are often used as part of a bigger structure (for example indoor play centres, outdoor rope courses) to add dimension and increase the range of challenges available.

Design and build
Hang Fast designs, manufactures and installs all types of traverse walls to fit any space and to suit any budget. An entry level traverse wall is simply holds attached directly to a block/brick work wall. Hang Fast can however create more interesting and aesthetically pleasing traverse walls in any of our construction options (please see Construction section & PDF’s for information of what is available). Bolt on holds, and features, can be added to existing adventures structure (e.g. base of an abseil tower or low ropes course) to create a traverse wall, and it is possible to complete the transformation in a day!

Hang Fast can inspect your proposed site and confirm that it is structurally sound to support a traverse wall and offer you ideas, based on who the main users will be.
All Hang Fast climbing walls are built to the European Standard for Artificial Climbing Structures (EN 12572) and come with a five-year guarantee (subject to contract) and first year annual inspection included. To extend the guarantee and prolong the life of your climbing wall, yearly maintenance contracts are available.

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CLIMBING & MIXED CENTRES

Many of our projects incorporate climbing walls, caving system and roped courses inside one adventure centre. Especially if you are running group sessions this can really increase the variety of activities and ensures an engaging experience.

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Climbing Centres – Why only have one type of wall, mix it all up with a combination of different walls. Warm up with a traverse across the room, build strength by bouldering out of a cave, then climb to the top of the tower and abseil down all before taking on the dreaded overhang.

Mixed Centres – Climbing wall centres are not just for climbers! The development of recreational centres has lead to new ways to incorporate elements of climbing structures in many different types of centres. The possibilities are endless – high ropes courses, fitness gyms, specialist training centres to name a few. In short, if you are building a new centre contact us to see what is on offer. Expanding and developing ideas is what we enjoy, so give us a challenge!