Backyard Climbing Wall

Build a real training wall that doubles as an awesome kids’ playground

Written and photographed by Benton Calhoun


BENTON CALHOUNis a father of four who loves sharing outdoor activities with his kids. In between, he’s a professor of electrical engineering and an entrepreneur.

Time Required: A Couple Weekends Cost: $400–$450


» Dimensional lumber, posts: 6×6 and 4×4

» Dimensional lumber, framing: 2×4, 2×8, and 2×6

» Joist hangers, 2×6

» Clay and/or concrete

» Carriage bolts

» Plywood sheets, ¾"

» Primer

» Exterior ...

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