Boulder Walls

Building walls and bridges since 1998

About

Walltopia designs and manufactures bouldering walls since 1998. A team of skilled designers and architects creates custom design offering endless variety of shapes, angles and special features that can be utilized to match any appearance and functionality a client can imagine for their climbing facility. Professional engineers calculate and make sure that the completed project will come out as deisgned in a safe and precise manner. All climbing walls can be adapted for both indoor and outdoor use.

Height Requirements

Min. height
The recommended minimum height for the climbing walls at a bouldering gym is 3 m (10 ft) in order to make a sufficient training facility. This requires a minimum ceiling clearance of 3.5 m (11.5 ft) for the building that will house the facility. Less than 3 m (10 ft) bouldering walls are only recommended for kids bouldering area.

Max. height
The maximum height of a bouldering wall considered safe is 4.5 m (15 ft) which would require a location with at least 5 m (16.5 ft) clear ceiling height.

How do we calculate
Roughly, add 0.5 m (1.5 ft) on top of the desired bouldering wall height in order to calculate the minimum ceiling height required. There are many other site-specific factors in terms of architecture and engineering that need to be taken into account (i.e. fire safety systems, ventilation etc.) but this gives a general idea about what location should a customer seek for their desired facility.

Structure

The structure of the bouldering walls can be made of steel or wood. The fact that bouldering walls do not need protection points as rope walls allows for a lot simpler and lighter structure than rope walls. The structure can be attached to the building or self-standing the latter of which requires additional engineering, construction time and amount of materials.

Panel types

The bouldering wall panels can be made of plywood or fiberglass depending on the design style and functionality they have been designed for.

Plywood panels
✓ Made of strong birch plywood
✓ Water resistant coating available
✓ Available in flat or carved surface

Fiberglass panels
✓ Made of fiberglass and polyester resin
✓ Completely waterproof
✓ Durable, yet very lightweight

Panels friction

The perfect amout of friction is key for the send

The level of friction is always a point of dispute. If you ask ten different climbers to evaluate the same texture, you can be certain that you won’t get the same answer twice. Some of them will settle it was just fine, some will say it was slippery, and others will have found it too rough. In spite of this, we managed to create the surface which will get you the highest customer approval rating. Sleek panels are also an option upon client's request.

Panels Wear Resistance

This is an incredibly important property of the texture since it’s the part with the highest depreciation rate and defines the facility’s life expectancy. We believe the texture shouldn’t wear off and should also keep its vivid colors for no less than 20 years. In order to control this process, we created a special procedure for the rapid testing of texture fatigue.

Panels UV Resistance

Climbing walls are often exposed to direct sunlight so we use UV resistant coating for the finish layer of the panels in order to prevent their colors from going pale. Most manufacturers assume that climbing walls will be installed in enclosed spaces with no direct sunlight around, which is why they use non-UV resistant epoxy coatings. We prefer to assume the opposite - that all walls we produce could be installed in a place with direct sunlight, which is why we’ve set the standard of using UV resistant materials for our products.

Dirt Resistant Coating

To protect the colors of the wall for as long as possible and maintain it clean, we have developed a special dirt-resistant coating that prevents climbing shoe rubber from sticking to the surface. However, due to the nature of the materials - soft rubber in contact with hard abrasive surface - and other factors such as overall cleanliness, walls do get dirty over time. Our texture allows for easy cleaning and maintenance of the wall surface.

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Maintenance Recommendations

To take full advantage of our dirt-resistant coating, please follow our recommendations:

✓ Use carpet covered flooring
✓ Clean the flooring on a daily basis
✓ Do NOT use alcohol-based detergent on the flooring or the walls. Alcohol based detergents dissolve the rubber on the climbing shoes, make it much more stickier and thus leads to dirty walls.

Rounded corners

The corners where climbing wall panels meet to form a positive relief are often quite sharp. We have discovered that making the edges of these panels rounded not only protects climbers and gives them a softer grip, but also makes the corners more resistant to damage.

T-nuts strength

The only requirement the standards include regarding the t-nuts is about their breaking point (according to Annex E). We believe this is not enough. Our t-nut holds sturdily, and is also strongly fixed to the wall panel with two solid screws, preventing it from getting out of the panel even if the hold installation fails.

T-nuts distribution

We make sure there are always enough t-nuts around the corners so that the wall makes no compromise with the routestting opportunities. Competitor producers connect the plywood panels via wooden pieces and putting T-nuts on the corner is not possible because of this. We have a solution to this and we can place t-nuts close to the edges and corners.

Grab Line

The grab line ensures a comfortable grip at the end of the route. This element isn’t required by any climbing standards but we consider it obligatory and it comes as part of our standard package.

Design Styles

Geome3x

Walltopia's most popular style

  • Polygonal multiangled planes provide an endless variety of three dimensional design possibilities with clean and minimalistic appearance.
  • Limitless range of color combinations give every climbing wall a unique and distinctive look.
  • Flat surface panels allow for a great t-nut density and plenty of route setting options.
  • Geome3x can be manufactured for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • The panels can be carved to achieve micro relief.
  • Geome3x is the most economically efficient solution, providing everything a gym needs at a reasonable cost.

3D Curves

Perfect for signature features

Inspired by the famous sandstone canyons of Utah and the boulders of Fontainebleau, 3D curves fills the gap between architects’ imagination and the technical restrictions of plywood panels.

  • Often used in combination with plywood walls to create a signature feature in the climbing gym.
  • Made of fiberglass: absolutely no restriction in terms of shape.
  • Appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Highly durable.
  • Without micro relief, high T-nut density can be achieved and route setters can make the best use of the space available.


Although aesthetically pleasing, curved forms pose restrictions on routesetting as they are not suitable for big holds and volumes and that should be taken into consideration when creating 3D curves features.

Rocktopia

Rocktopia is our way of going back to the roots of rock climbing. These are walls that resemble real rocks. To ensure the natural feel, the molds that shape the fiberglass panels have been casted from real rocks at our home iconic crags.
Rocktopia provides a great variety of rock features with various relief that can present a challenge to both beginners and advanced climbers. The surface can be high or low relief depending on the desired level of difficulty. The neat placement of the holds is achieved by our flat underhold technology that minimizes the risk of hold breakage. Although there are no restrictions in the color options, we recommend the realistic rock look – the different hues of
limestone, granite or sandstone.
Besides climbing walls, the Rocktopia features can be used to create artificial rocks and boulders for urban outdoor environments such as parks, recreational areas and zoos.

Rocktopia rock types:
• Limestone
• Sandstone
• Granite

Additional Features

LED Add-ons

Pimp up the outfit of your wall with built-in LED illumination. Elaborate the design of your gym with custom shapes that can glow in any color using RGB LEDs. The features currently offered are LED cracks, LED strips and LED band and can be incorporated in any climbing wall design style.

Plexiglass Features

Make a section of your climbing wall transparent with a piece of plexiglass that is actually climbable. Be it a window to another room or simply a design feature, small sections of plexiglass can be incorporated with the plywood or fiberglass panels. To keep it transparent, texture cannot be added, so keep in mind that the friction would be restricted in that section.

Standard Colors

One of the most important details of a climbing wall is its color scheme, as it affects the entire atmosphere of the gym. Walltopia uses a standard palette of 16 colors, which allows for numerous color combinations, clever compositions and creative interior designs.

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Natural Wood

The natural wood panels look really well in combo with solid color panels while providing a cozy atmosphere and exactly the same amount of friction as all Walltopia walls. The rubber resistant coating will make it easy for the operators to maintain a good looking wall over time. Walltopia natural wood comes in three shades: light, medium and dark

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Natural Stone

The natural stone panels are a great signature element in the design of a climbing gym. They look attractively in combo with solid color or natural wood panels while providing a cozy earthy atmosphere. Extracted from real rock, the climbing wall panels with stone veneer not only look but also feel like real rock because they are...well, natural stone. Walltopia natural stone comes in a variety of textures and shades, ask your representative for the current availabilities.

Custom Paint & Split Color

Want more colours on your wall?
Think of any combination and we can make it happen. With Walltopia’s custom paint you can have a number of different colours outside our standard range. Our Custom Color Split technology allows for creative forms in the climbing gym design no matter the complexity of the shapes on every single panel. Our technology allows for unlimited design opportunities, perfect consistency on every single panel and superb execution.

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Climbmat Boulder Mat

Climbmat is a Walltopia partner dedicated to flooring solutions for climbing gyms. Climbmat presents their Bouldering Mat featuring new multi-layer design that allows for perfectly uniform stiffness along the whole mat. Multiple impact tests conducted by our R&D scientists, show that the mat dissipates over 85% of the energy of the fall. Thus providing a softer impact for the climbers. Fully compliant with the new EN 12572-2 standard, the new boulder mat is an excellent choice for a flooring solution for any boulder gym.

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Catalogs & Brochures

Walltopia Climbing Walls Portfolio
Walltopia Climbing Walls Portfolio
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Walltopia Climbing Walls in Detail
Walltopia Climbing Walls in Detail
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Walltopia Colors Brochure
Walltopia Colors Brochure
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Walltopia DIY Boulders
Walltopia DIY Boulders
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Walltopia Volumes
Walltopia Volumes
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Climbmat Flooring Solutions
Climbmat Flooring Solutions
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Walltopia Training Boards
Walltopia Training Boards
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Walltopia Selected Projects Portfolio
Walltopia Selected Projects Portfolio
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Walltopia Natural Wood Reference List
Walltopia Natural Wood Reference List
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Certificates

Walltopia Plywood TUV certified - EN 12572
Walltopia Plywood TUV certified - EN 12572
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Walltopia ISO Certificate
Walltopia ISO Certificate
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Walltopia T-nut TUV certified EN 12572
Walltopia T-nut TUV certified EN 12572
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