Outdoor Climbing Walls

Climbing structures that withstand the weather impact

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Outdoor climbing structures bear loads of climbing activities similar to any other climbing wall but on top of that they have to be able to resist weather impact. Building a structure exposed to the elements means that additional factors such as snow and wind loads, effects of rain and sun exposure, temperature changes and others have to be taken into consideration. In order to make an outdoor structure suitable for use and ensure appropriate longevity, the range of materials is different from the ones used for indoor climbing structures.

This page provides speific information for climbing walls placed outdoors. For in-depth information about Walltopia climbing walls in general visit the corresponding page: Boulder Walls or Rope Climbing Walls. All information listed there applies to the outdoor walls as well with the outdoor-specific features discussed here along.

Structure

The standard procedure in regards to the metal construction of indoor climbing walls is for it to be primed and painted, with the most often used paint for this purpose being polyurethane or alkyd. However, if the climbing wall is installed outdoors and especially in a humid region, it takes around only a year for the painted construction to start rusting.

As a consequence, the operator needs to start repainting it regularly, this way spending a lot of money on yearly maintenance. This is why we hot-dip galvanize all elements of our outdoor metal constructions which prevents them from corroding. All fasteners used for assembling said elements are also stainless steel or hot-dip galvanized.

Roof

Walltopia recommends adding roofs for outdoor climbing walls and boulders. The roof provides protection and longer lifespan of the climbing wall panels and structure. It also offers better customer experience allowing visitors to climb even during bad weather conditions.

This page provides speific information for climbing walls placed outdoors. For in-depth information about Walltopia climbing walls in general visit the corresponding page: Boulder Walls or Rope Climbing Walls. All information listed there applies to the outdoor walls as well with the outdoor-specific features discussed here along.

Impregnated Plywood Panels

Impregnating the back side of the panels

It’s a common practice in the industry not to impregnate the back of the plywood panels installed outdoors. This can be very damaging as the humidity can spread throughout the whole panel and dramatically shorten its lifespan. This is why we impregnate the back of the panels for outdoor climbing walls just as well giving them better protection from the contact with weather elements.
However, plywood is not completely weatherproof and does have a shorter lifespan compared to fiberglass.

Fiberglass Panels

The most reliable and durable material for outdoor structures is fiberglass. 100% water resistant, it does not change its characteristics over time. Fiberglass also gives the freedom to design and produce any imaginary shape filling the gap between architect's imagination and the technical restrictions of plywood panels.

This page provides speific information for climbing walls placed outdoors. For in-depth information about Walltopia climbing walls in general visit the corresponding page: Boulder Walls or Rope Climbing Walls. All information listed there applies to the outdoor walls as well with the outdoor-specific features discussed here along.

Hardware

In order to ensure maximum water resistance and durability for the product, we equip our outdoor structures with stainless steel t-nuts and stainless fixing screws.

This page provides speific information for climbing walls placed outdoors. For in-depth information about Walltopia climbing walls in general visit the corresponding page: Boulder Walls or Rope Climbing Walls. All information listed there applies to the outdoor walls as well with the outdoor-specific features discussed here along.

Catalogs & Brochures

Walltopia Outdoor Walls Reference List
Walltopia Outdoor Walls Reference List
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Certificates

Walltopia ASTM E 84 Fiberglass Panels
Walltopia ASTM E 84 Fiberglass Panels
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Walltopia Fiberglass Test Protocol
Walltopia Fiberglass Test Protocol
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Walltopia ISO Certificate
Walltopia ISO Certificate
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Walltopia Plywood - EN12572
Walltopia Plywood - EN12572
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Walltopia T-nut TUV certified - EN 12572
Walltopia T-nut TUV certified - EN 12572
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Walltopia Load Testing Protection Points - TUV EN 12572
Walltopia Load Testing Protection Points - TUV EN 12572
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