FAQ's

Climbing Walls Related

What are the benefits of Climbing?


It is an effective cardio workout, tones neglected muscles, improves dexterity, balance, concentration and endurance. Builds confidence by making you push your limits of what you thought was possible.




How safe is climbing?


Very safe if practiced properly. There are usually a set of rules to follow and you can focus on your routes and push your limits when safety becomes a habit.




Do I need to have upper body strength to be able to climb?


No, this is a myth and is wrongly demonstrated in movies. You need to use your feet to climb, your feet can bear your body weight, your hands are only there to keep you on the wall.




What are the different types of Climbing walls?


There are three types of climbing walls we build: Bouldering: This is climbing in its elemental form – no ropes, no gear. The climber moves from hold to hold on walls up to 16ft high, protected by a crash pad. Without the need for roped equipment, the climber is free to experiment with basic or complex moves in relative safety. Bouldering has become a sport in itself, one that tests both mind and body. Modular holds are provided along with the wall which can be rearranged to simulate routes of varying grades. Specific walls are designed based on the requirement and other factors like space, budget, etc. Sport Climbing: This type of climbing is done on comparatively taller walls that require specific gear to climb them. It’s the perfect training ground before you head out to the rock. Age-specific walls: There’s no age restriction in climbing and like any other sport, an early start is beneficial. We design walls to suit anywhere from the neighbourhood playground to your backyard so your child can get a preview to the joy of climbing while improving his/her Gross and Fine Motor Skills. Check out the MiniMighty, our ready-to-install climbing wall for kids.




Why do I need a climbing wall?


For your home: Your private 24/ 7 family workout. Every climb is unique and with your own personal wall you can choose from over a thousand different combinations to ensure that monotony never creeps in. For the office: It’s proven that productivity is increased when the mind and body are engaged in an unrelated activity from one's work. So no more staring endlessly at a screen, waiting for the proverbial bulb to light up. Instead, take a break and start climbing! For Communities: Living complexes are always looking for activities to bring together the people living in them. And what better way than a sport that can bring about the spirit of community living. Climbing is a great way to bond with your neighbours.




Why not just drill holes in my existing concrete/brick wall at home and install holds directly into them?


You can certainly do that, but that will limit your usage. You wont be able to change the holds or re-orient them or re-arrange them. Once fixed, they become permanent. Besides, the coolness of a climbing wall comes from its design, that is why we are are in business! Give us a call to get your very own unique climbing wall.




I’ve seen walls that have undulations and contours on them. Will I be needing something like that?


No, our walls come with flat surfaces. Having climbed on different walls across the world, we can tell you that there isn’t a need for a contoured surface. A flat surface climbing but a well designed one will give you the same experience.




What will I need if I want a climbing wall at my office/home


Space – indoor or outdoor. Give us an existing wall, or pillars, or trees and we can build you a wall that supports itself against them. If not, no worries, we have solutions to build stand alone walls with or without foundations. Give us a call to find out more.




What will I get when I order a climbing wall?


We will discuss your requirement with you and then depending on what you’ve ordered, you will get a climbing wall made from plywood / fibre-coated plywood / pure fibre / aluminium alloy / concrete. The support structure is almost always metal framework. The wall will include Modular holds that come in various shapes, types and colours which are finger and tendon friendly. For a custom made wall, you’ll get guaranteed unique design that is tailor-made for you. We will transport your wall from our workshop in Bangalore where we fabricate it and install it at your site.




Will I need more gear?


Yes, a crash pad is a must for a bouldering wall, nothing else is essential. Although climbing will be better with specific climbing shoes, you can start either with canvas shoes or bare feet. For larger walls, you’ll need harnesses, ropes, carabiners and other gear too. For the higher budgeted climbing walls, we can supply auto-belay devices too. Give us a call to know more.




What happens if I fall?


On a bouldering wall you must learn how to fall. You should always climb with a crash pad and a spotter. Your crash pad should be tough enough to absorb and dissipate the impact but also not too tough risking an injury on fall. On a sport climbing wall your harness, rope and other elements of the system will let you stay on the spot if your belayer (the person managing the other end of the rope) is alert and trained to catch falls. If you are using an auto-belay system, it will automatically lower you down slowly and safely to the ground.




Why are there so many holes in my climbing wall?


Each panel of your climbing wall comes with several T-Nuts that are placed on the back of the climbing surface in a triangular pitch. These T-Nuts secure the holds on your panels using the M10 Allen Bolts provided. You cannot fasten a hold to your panel otherwise.




Can I add more holds?


Yes, you can purchase holds from us or use any other hold that can take a standard M10 bolt.




How do I change the holds?


Use the allen key provided to unscrew the allen bolt by turning anti-clockwise. Reorient or re-position to a new hole and tighten the allen bolt using the allen key by turning clockwise until it is fairly tight. REMEMBER IF NOT PROPERLY TIGHTENED, THE HOLD CAN TURN UNDER LOAD. This doesn’t mean that you need to over tighten it.




I lost my allen key, where can I get one?


Your local hardware store should carry it, remember to ask for an M10 Allen Key.




Why do I need your Kid-Friendly holds?


Being innovative is to re-invent, and that’s exactly what we do at FeetOffGround. In endeavouring to keep kid’s walls safe, we worked towards developing a system to prevent holds from turning. Holds are conventionally secured to the wall using bolts, and these bolts have a tendency to loosen with time. A loosened bolt will result in a hold turning on load. So, we designed a locking pin into our wooden holds that prevent them from spinning even if the bolt were to loosen. Our kid friendly holds work only with our climbing wall panels that have matching holes surrounding the T-Nut hole.





Play Systems Related

How much space is required for playground?


There isn’t a magic number. We specialise in working with small spaces. Our smallest play area was about 80 SqFt and our largest playground was 6000+ SqFt.




What are your play systems or elements made of?


We make our play elements using a combination of metal, wood and rope. However, we area constantly trying to work with new materials that have a low impact on the environment. We do not use plastics. 80% of our play equipment can be recycled.




What about safety?


In all our designs, we adhere to European standards. Having been to playgrounds around the world and observing children play, we design play equipment keeping in mind the child. "Safety over form. Function over aesthetics”. That is our design principle.




Who requires Play Equipment?


Apartments, clubs, schools, pre-schools, individuals, offices - we have many clients from varying backgrounds that have requested us for designs. Everyone needs to play. Our play equipment are fun and different and we strive to keep the user (be it a child or an adult) engaged.




Why should I pay so much attention to playground equipment?


Play is integral to a child’s development. More and more educators have begun understanding that being outdoors and playing, especially in early child development is one of the best ways to learn. Our play systems are designed and built keeping the child in mind.




Why FeetOffGround for Play Equipment?


We custom build playgrounds. While some of our play elements are standard, we customise play equipment for your requirement. We pay special attention to detail in all our projects. Our designs keep in mind the space required for the children to run around, the fall heights and playground surfacing.




How do I choose a play system?


You don’t need to choose it. Just send us your floor plan, tell us what the target age group is and let us get to it. We design site specific play equipment.




What kind of maintenance do your play equipments need and how often?


All playground equipment are subject to a lot of abuse. We strive to use material that is abrasion resistant yet soft on the hands. In any case, wood and rope need to be audited and replaced every so often.




Will you also offer maintenance services?


Yes, for a small fee. Ask us more about it.




What are the common concerns for a parent?


Height, fall, sharp points, entrapment hazards, trip hazards. But let the kids fall. Falling is essential to a child’s development. Don’t take our word for it. Click here to read more.





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