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post #1 of 25
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We got sick of the bouldering at our campus rock wall, so we built a cave in my friend's bedroom. It was pretty labor-intensive, but the structure is solid and it's great to climb on.

About 10 feet of 15 degree roof, then 5 of 45 degree, finishing with a little bit of vertical. Best of all, his bed is inside the structure. The whole thing is freestanding, so that he doesn't lose his deposit for drilling into the walls.



Beginning stages (good to have mechanical engineers for climbing buddies)


Taylor doing a bathang, I don't know why


No, he didn't actually drill while doing a one-arm lockoff


And the finished product (before holds went up)




The slap arete has proved to be a good idea.



Looking up


Trapdoor/bedroom door down


Go to bed


The inside. TV, fridge, and the AC vent above the bed, plus the subwoofer etc


A LOT!!! of t-nuts


It's a V0 to go to bed. Caution is advised while drinking...


The kick wall, fans, and speakers. There is track lighting on the lower left of this that shines into the cave.
Viva Sportiva...


Finally with some problems set


bad iphone pic of the cave




Hell yes...



Action shots to come. It was definitely worth the effort (and Taylor's money) that we put into it.
post #2 of 25
that probably violates all sorts of building codes
post #3 of 25
"It's a V0 to go to bed."

Your friend apparently doesn't get laid often.
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
that probably violates all sorts of building codes
lol so, wouldnt it be nice to think about hey this would be cool? or hey we should to do this? instead of thinking about the logical reason how and why you shouldnt do something?
post #5 of 25
This is one of the most original, craziest things I've seen, props for the dedication. Eagerly awaiting your winter TR: "Hey, I built a halfpipe on my living room!"

But, what raspritz said. A bit of logistical problems there huh?
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
lol so, wouldnt it be nice to think about hey this would be cool? or hey we should to do this? instead of thinking about the logical reason how and why you shouldnt do something?
yeah, it's definitely cool, just don't let the building inspector see you carrying all that lumber in
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by raspritz View Post
"It's a V0 to go to bed."

Your friend apparently doesn't get laid often.

At least not in his bed.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by raspritz View Post
"It's a V0 to go to bed."

Your friend apparently doesn't get laid often.
great way to weed out the weak
post #9 of 25
Wow! That is the wildest room I have ever seen.
Imagine the first impression the look on the face of his landlord before he is told that is free-standing.

This is going to make beer blasts and pizza parties really interesting. I get a kind of strange outdoor adventures/McDonalds Playhouse vibe here.
post #10 of 25
This is sweet and so impractical it rocks even more. Can you say "Mancave of solitude"?

Use trapdoor to funnel beers while rockclimbing. Call it the Cliffhanger. Do it now! Now I say!
post #11 of 25
Dude thats awesome...good job!

What it is to be young....reminds me of the BMX quarter pipe my friends and I built about 2 years before you were born; 86'. Though admittedly we didnt do nearly as good a job as you and your pals have. Damn I'm old.......
post #12 of 25
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"It's a V0 to go to bed."

Your friend apparently doesn't get laid often.
Well, it's been finished for a month and he's had 3 girls up there (that I know about). Not at all an impediment...

post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post

That latch would make me worry...

Or laugh, depends what side I am on.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
yeah, it's definitely cool, just don't let the building inspector see you carrying all that lumber in
I know this guy who finished his basement. He added a bedroom, bathroom and office. He didn't have a building permit. The tax assessor came by, looked in the window, and did a 'reassessment'. My friend got a tax bill for the increased property value. They never said a word about no building permit. They just wanted the tax!

I wonder how much the 'bat cave' is worth?
post #15 of 25
looks priceless
post #16 of 25
That is sweet - testimony to dedication to one's sport and passions.

I had friends who built something like this in their garage - I like the route colours - we had something like this. They were among the best climbers in Australia at that stage so it was pretty exciting to watch (and participate with the inevitable ragging that one got for being the worst - hey I was the mountain bike racer - they were near full time climbers).

What you need to add (and we had one and it provided hours of entertainment) is a double spinner (like the spinner in Twister - in fact I think that both were 'borrowed' from old games of Twister)
one for hold colour and one for limb to be used (ie left hand, right hand, left foot, right foot).

We had various challenges such as free style with one (double ) spin per route, or a completely spinner directed route and every other combination in between.

It was great fun watching the contortions (and resulting falls) as a result of the combinations required by the spin. Peer pressure will induce us to do crazy things.

Worth a thought.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by krp8128 View Post
That latch would make me worry...

Or laugh, depends what side I am on.
Yeah, all his roommates are gone for the summer, so he leaves the door open as a precaution when he is up there. The latch is necessary so that you can use the door for feet though.

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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
I wonder how much the 'bat cave' is worth?
Materials were around 2 grand (including the initial set of holds, but not a lot of the nicer ones that were bought separately), plus over 100 hours of labor.
post #18 of 25
DD. I'm lafin
post #19 of 25
I need to change my pants.

Well done.
post #20 of 25
Looks like your dates will all need a ropes course.

The adult in me wonders about egress. Have you thought about fire safety? Code enforcement would!
post #21 of 25
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Looks like your dates will all need a ropes course.

The adult in me wonders about egress. Have you thought about fire safety? Code enforcement would!
The bedroom window is inside the structure, so even if the trapdoor was down and the latch closed itself, he can get out through the window.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
over 100 hours of labor.
Thats alot of time you could have been climbing outside...
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Kimmyt View Post
Thats alot of time you could have been climbing outside...
Truth, but it was about 100 degrees outside for most of that time, which makes for shit climbing, and the only decent outdoor climbing is an hour plus away.

It was worth it.
post #24 of 25

Bump for the mid-term trip report.

post #25 of 25

+1 on the in-action report! I saw this thread just as I started getting into climbing this past December and thought it was awesome. How much are you charging to let people climb here? Maybe you can make the cost of the materials back!

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