Treadwall® Setting Basics
We reccomend numbering the panels in ascending order and lettering the vertical columns across the shroud from left to right. This helps in several ways, from routesetting, to route sharing, to logging your progress. Here is a link to good vinyl numbers/letters.
Make sure you have the correct size wrenches for setting, the majority of hold bolts require a 5/16 Allen wrench while some footholds require a 7/32 wrench for taper bolts. Here is a link for a wrench set:
- NEVER use an impact wrench or electric drill to install holds on your Treadwall. It is too easy to cross thread a bolt and damage the “T-Nut” behind the panel which is very difficult to fix. Drills maybe used for hold removal only.
Some owners like to know what angle they have their wall set to. A simple inclinometer affixed to the bottom of the motor housing will work for this. Here is a link for an inclinometer.
- Climbing holds are the crucial element in making your Treadwall training effective and fun. We find that the customers who fill the wall with as many holds as possible have the most engagement with our equipment, as it provides more training options.
- The Brewer Fitness training holds are a good place to start if you do not previously own holds, with 3 grip types in 3 colors. These can form your base of juggy/positive holds to build the rest of your hold assortment from. Here is a link to our starter packs.
- Hold vendors Kilter, Tension, and Nicros also offer Treadwall specific hold sets that meet the specifications for use on our equipment.
- Individual hold specifications: Holds cannot be taller than 2 ½” off the panel and no more than 6” wide, so as not to overlap the panels. Longer edges may be used in a horizontal orientation.
Treadwall® Setting Schemes
- Climbers familiar with modern climbing gyms will recognize the monochrome setting style. Single color routes are the easiest way to track your movement around the Treadwall. Matching color hand and footholds is best if possible.
- You may select different grip styles for each color route: blue jugs, pink crimps, orange pockets, for consistent grip training. You can also mix it up and have a variety of hold styles of similar difficulty in a given color.
- We recommend divergent colors when choosing monochrome route sets, and remember, holds appear different when they have chalk on them.
- Having 3 to 5 monochrome routes is a good place to start, as these will become your main routes that will help in your training moving forward. You can fit up to 10 routes if you have the holds.
- Once you have purchased enough holds to set a good single color route around your wall, try to avoid buying more holds in that color to avoid confusion.
- Monochrome setting is a great way to get your wall up and running quickly because of the ease of working with one color at a time, make sure you test the sequences as you set and tweak them along the way to make them perfect
Marked Route Setting
- A more traditional way to set up your Treadwall, which will also work for those who already own lots of holds is marking routes with colored dots or tape rather than relying on a single hold color. This method also allows for a single hold to be marked on multiple routes.
- You can choose to mark footholds with the tape, or allow “rainbow” or “open” feet.
- This scheme of not being locked into monochrome routes allows you to pop out to REI/MEC to buy some retail hold sets for quick updates.
- It is also possible to mix schemes depending on the owners hold assortment. It would be resonable to have both single color routes intergrated with a marked hold style.
- You can also include lots of extra holds without a marker to increase your options or even consider not marking any specific routes and make up new sequences each workout. There are endless possibilities to setting in this fashion, and playing “add-on” with climbing partners is an excellent training game.