Sneaky Skate Shop Solution

So the story goes like this: I was in our local skate shop picking up an addition for my Garage Climbing Wall. … Wait a sec, I was where??? Yes, you read correctly. My latest upgrade to the garage wall was found at a Skate Shop. I went there on a mission for a roll of … Grip Tape. Let me show you the reason behind the madness.

Skateboard Grip Tape

Skateboard Grip Tape

7' x 9" of Textured Goodness

7′ x 9″ of Textured Goodness

I took the roll home and I rolled it out. It comes 9″ wide and pretty much any length you want. I asked for 8 ft., but upon measuring I found I got 7 ft. I am totally cool with this since the employee was giving me a deal anyway and making sure it landed on exactly $25 to fit my gift card.

In thirds and ready to cut

In thirds and ready to cut

Cut and ready for the wall

Cut and ready for the wall

I marked it on the back in 3″ increments. And then I cut it. All the way down the length, three strips at 3″ wide. Scissors worked better than a razor blade but I’m positive they are less sharp now than before I began.

My next step was adhering the strips to the aretes of the wall. So far I have strips up on both sides of the 45* wall and a little bit in an odd crease between my 23* and transition walls (one more to go on my far right 23* arete). They work great for bumping up the arete and liebacking. Adding just enough texture without ripping the skin.

Left side of the 45

Left side of the 45

Right Side of the 45

Right Side of the 45

And that is my Sneaky Skate Shop Solution. What unusual climbing solutions have you come up with???

~ Climb 4 Real ~


About wicoxfreedom

Husband, Father, Rock Climber, Entrepreneur, and much more.

Posted on July 8, 2013, in Gear, Homewalls and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Sweet! I’m going to follow your example once I get my arm healed.


  2. This is such a good idea! Can I post this trick on, credit you, and link back to your post? If so, please email me. kirk(at)


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