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What is a Climbing Wall

Bildering And Bilderers
Geoffrey Windthrop Young
Arthur Pinner

First True Climbing Structure
Clark Schurman
Camp Long

Post War Development

1960's Boom
Britians First Climbing Walls

1970's Development

Climbing Wall Manufacturers
Bendcrete Climbing Walls
DR Climbing Walls

University Walls
Brunel University
Spire Rock
University of Washington

The 1980's Wall Development
The invention of the bolt on Hold

First Commercial Climbing Centre
Vertical, In Seattle
Mile End, London

The 1990's Beginning of the Golden Age

21st Century Climbing Walls and the Future

DR Climbing Walls
DR Climbing Walls was formed in 1975 by Don Robinson.

Don Robinson was a lectureer at The University of Leeds when in 1964 he 'invented the first artificial climbing wall'. He desinged the iconic Leeds University Climbing Wall in a corridor of the sports hall.

In 2010 DR Climbing Walls celebrated its 35th Anniversary, completing over 400 major projects in 15 countries. They still have offices located within sight of Almscliff, and Don Robinson remains their Chairman and Technical Director.

High Relief Coated Plywood at University of Bolton

The Classic DR High Relief Coated Plywood - University of Bolton

High Relief Coated Plywood at University of Bolton
The Classic DR High Relief Coated Plywood (Detail) - University of Bolton

  • 1964, Don Robinson builds his first climbing wall at the University of Leeds, by adding rock holds to an existing wall in a corridor. The wall would become iconic and give rise to the myth that Don Robinson designed and built the first ever climbing wall.
  • 1975 - DR Climbing Walls is formed.
  • Rock holds are caste in concrete blocks creating self build systems.
  • Large caste concrete structures are formed.
  • In 1989 they built and orgaised the first ever official indoor climbing competition in the UK.
  • 1992, along with Bendcrete Climbing Walls they built the Goretex World Cup Final Competition Climbing Wall at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
  • They created their free form, hand coated, epoxy resin coated, birch plywood panel walls. The coating was a far superior finish than what was currently being produced by other manufacturers, both in creative style and the professional finishing detail.

Early Climbing Walls

Modern Walls

Recent Projects

New Walls

Hothersall Lodge

Mid Cheshire College

Oaklands School

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