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Old 10-25-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Indoor Rock Course?

I've got a small spot in the Apt. about 6 by 4 feet give or take. It rains alot this time of year, so I want to build a rock course inside to get my fix regardless of the weather. Amazingly enough... the wife's totally cool with it
Got a bunch of rock at the river, all shapes and sizes
Anybody have suggestions on how to have a good variety of scenarios in a small space? I know it's not much room so a bit of a challenge.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:08 PM   #2
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Yea don't get cought taking the river rock! Most place's it's illeagle to take it. Thats all I got,
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:10 PM   #3
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I just asked the same question about an outdoor spot I have that's 40x10
Haven't heard anything back on that yet.

I did online searches (Google, Ask, etc) and never found any sources that show how to build your own.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:13 PM   #4
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Totally! Good lookin' out I actually told a ranger at the station my intent and the ammount intended to remove. He asked about the location and I told him about a landslide right into the river I found out wheeling. I guess he figured I was helping clean up, cuz he came by the spot and told me of an unused quarry too. Nothing but monsters there though and a PITA trail.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:26 PM   #5
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I am thinking that it's going to be real heavy by the time you get all those rocks, I would maybe see how much it is to build your own fake rocks there are articals on line for making them I used dogpile and found some DIY fake rocks, not sure of how much money but it has to be a lot lighter and easyer to move around. Just a thought
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:30 PM   #6
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no worries. I don't mind moving around rocks at all, and I live on ground floor and the Landlord is cool w/it. Weight isn't an issue just space
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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Sweet! Good luck with that then be sure to post up some pics!
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Old 10-25-2007, 04:32 PM   #8
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Ive done the same thing at my house. In the basement, which is actually living quarters, I placed down a bunch of cardboard and added over 1000 pounds of various sized, shaped rock.

And there is no specific way to place them up. I move them around all the time to create new terrain.

Not near the fun as crawling super-sized rock masses, but its right in the house
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:50 PM   #9
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let see some pics
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:18 PM   #10
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I built a outdoor rock garden and one area that gets a lot of use (by both my wife and I but also the club) is the bridge. The total height is about 48 inches it is two feet wide (across the bridge, maybe 11 inches wide). There are some pics on the "personal rock courses" thread. The supporting walls of the bridge create a ton of crawling lines, easy to change as well. Just my 2 (more like 3) cents. Good luck and Happy crawling!
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:27 PM   #11
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Looks good. Think I might try 2 heaps and a bridge. Gotta see if it will fit. Any other suggestions ya'll? Great feedback!
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Old 10-26-2007, 06:00 AM   #12
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you guys have too much spare time. 1000 lbs. to the basement GEEZ!
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Ive done the same thing at my house. In the basement, which is actually living quarters, I placed down a bunch of cardboard and added over 1000 pounds of various sized, shaped rock.

And there is no specific way to place them up. I move them around all the time to create new terrain.

Not near the fun as crawling super-sized rock masses, but its right in the house
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Old 10-26-2007, 07:18 AM   #13
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Cool Artifical rocks

How about a modular, stackable, re-configurable artifical course?











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Old 10-26-2007, 08:32 AM   #14
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Is that choclate? lol
Is that the new "stoner edition" AX-10 body?

Good idea on the course.

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Old 10-27-2007, 07:08 PM   #15
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Very cool course!

My Dining room is seriously lacking that!
Could you let me know what you used besides milk crates?

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Old 10-27-2007, 09:50 PM   #16
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Was it done with exspanding foam? I thought about that, but the milk crates are alot better than what I thought about for a base!
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:43 PM   #17
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how about a quick little "how to"
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Old 10-27-2007, 10:59 PM   #18
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a quick to: have your mountain buddy haul rocks from his property to your city slicker pad
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:48 AM   #19
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The problem with that is the weight of the rocks on the floor.
Not to mention your back from having to move them into the house.
The nice thing about this is it can be modified, stripped down and stored easily.

He said he used plaster paper and Dental plaster for the course. It was in another post a few down.
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OK, Here ya go:

So first I make forms out of boxes or balls of newspaper (tv dinner boxes work good).






Then cover them with plaster cloth (ebay, LHS is to much money).







Then pour several layers of Tuff Dental Plaster (ebay, Light weight hydrocal is too porus and soft. Only 5000 psi not 7500 psi Tuff Buff).
Mix it thin catch it and re-pour several times.











You'll want to keep them in the invisible plane of the crate to keep them re-arangeable.(looking down on it, keep it inside the edges)

And youll want some "technical" flat ones and some that are slanted or inclined for elevation gain.

See how with just a couple slanted ones you can make a long climb, a vally or a hill.












And just a few that has an incline on one side of the crate. To get you off the ground onto it.






Rattle can them with super flat camo paint by Krylon.

Mount them to plywood by running a short screw through the crate and secure them together with zip-ties.









These are like river rocks. My phase two will have sharper corners, colored like granite and texture mixed in the slurry.
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