$4,490 | www.brewersledge.com | 5 Stars
In the past two weeks I have redpointed six 5.13s. I've never sent six 5.13s in a year, let alone in two weeks at the beginning of a season. Usually at this time of year I am struggling to get up my warmups. What's the difference? I own the best home training tool ever made: the Treadwall.
A few years ago when my wife and I moved to a small town in the mountains of Colorado we were dismayed to find that the local climbing wall was better suited to kids' birthday parties than serious training. So of course we took over our garage with an extensive woody and settled in for the long winter. Unfortunately, when spring finally rolled around, we found that the power we had gained in the garage didn't translate to the endurance-oriented routes at our home crag of Rifle. So when the next winter approached we decided to invest in a Treadwall from Brewer's Ledge.
The wall itself is about 11 feet tall; unfortunately the ceiling in my garage is only 9.5 feet tall so we have the wall overhanging at a fixed angle of about 30 degrees. If you have a taller ceiling you can buy supports that allow you to easily change the angle of the wall. There are two width options, 4 feet and 6 feet, but for any serious training you will want the 6-foot model. The wall does not use a motor. Instead the climber's body weight rotates it. Additionally, a hydraulic system allows you to speed up or slow down the wall. An optional braking system will stop the wall if your feet come to the very bottom.
- Six-foot-wide climbing area.
- Angle can be fixed at 30 to 35 degrees overhanging.
- Non-motorized and durable.
- Optional braking system.
- Need 10 feet of overhead space.