Weekday mornings, I find, are the best days to go in and practice. I love that the place is relatively quiet and you don’t need to wait in line for a route. This morning I was meeting Jeff S. to do some top rope climbing. While waiting for Jeff, I took some photos of the re-set of the “Lead Wall” at the Central Rock Gym in Watertown, MA.
What is a Lead Wall?
A Lead Wall is a wall with many climbing profiles. There are no anchors at the end of the routes for top rope climbing. Each route on the Lead Wall must be ascended by a climber with a rope attached to their harness. As the climber ascends the wall, the rope is clipped into quickdraws that are attached along the wall.
The entire Lead Wall is closed for re-setting. This re-set usually takes 5-7 days. Instead of using colored-tape, all the routes have holds that are color-coded. This makes it so much easier to recognize and cuts down on tape usage, as well as sticky residue on the walls. The quickdraws along the routes are also color-coded so that climbers clip into the correct quickdraw.
Note that Purple route that starts in "The Cave"...I can't wait to try this route! #overhanginglove
Setters use ladders and a lift to change out routes on the Lead Wall. Routes are re-set every 3 months.
To make room for the lift, the cushioned mats are removed. Each mat piece is marked.