Last week, Touchstone signed an agreement with Walltopia to have the new San Francisco bouldering gym, Dogpatch Boulders, built by the Bulgarian wall manufacturing company. With over 1.7 million square feet of climbing walls built since 1996, Walltopia has led the industry in climbing wall manufacturing. Stone Gardens in Seattle, Momentum in Salt Lake City, Stone Summit in Atlanta, and numerous other facilities in the United States and Europe have employed Walltopia to create amazing climbing structures.
Walltopia, which is based in Bulgaria, produces the walls in Europe using three dimensional designs provided by their clients. The fabricated walls are then shipped to their destination and installed by Walltopia technicians. This design allows for a cleaner manufacturing process. â€śThe t-nuts are pre-drilled,â€ť noted Ironworks manager and boulderer, Lyn Barraza, â€śThis makes the course setting easier. It will be a big asset.â€ť During the decision process for the wall design, Barraza had the opportunity to climb on the walls of Stone Gardens which were manufactured by Walltopia. â€śThey climbed really well. They are totally different than anything weâ€™ve done at Touchstone." Keep in mind: these are photos of Walltopia walls at other gyms and are not designs for Dogpatch Boulders.
Highlights include top outs, a steep arch, a 40 ft long continuous angle wave wall, and a training wall. The wall heights will range from 12 to 17 feet. If you're wondering how we can fit this all in... it is approximately 5 times larger than the current bouldering space at Berkeley Ironworks! Dogpatch Boulders will be one of the biggest bouldering only gyms in North America. Construction on the walls will begin this fall, with the gym's estimated opening in January 2013. â€śThe Walltopia walls have a cleaner look and will work well in an urban environment.â€ť said Barraza. Dogpatch will also feature a kids specific climbing area. Parents who want to boulder and watch their kids will have an excellent opportunity to do both. With Walltopia's experience building kids structures and our own dedication to climbers of all ages, we're very excited for what we have in store for San Francisco. The climbing at the Dogpatch boulders will undoubtably be amazing. Stay in touch for more news about the designs and construction of the gym.
Tags: Walltopia, DogPatch Boulders
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