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Re: Results from climbing wall research

Hi Laura,

Thanks for posting your findings.  

My climbing wall expert says pea gravel in a containment with drainage can
be hosed down to control dust.  It is the best landing material for knees.
Apparantly the bounce in rubber products gives too much rebound.

Janet Clark

At 04:43 PM 9/15/99 -0700, you wrote:
>About a month ago, I asked you all for help in finding businesses that made
>or sold climbing wall landing surfaces. Wow, I received a lot of responses
>and great resources. Based on your responses and a little bit of my own
>research, here is a list of companies that deal with recreational surfaces
>for your reference. Sorry if I missed anyone. And, I am not making any
>judgement calls as to which is "better", crumb rubber or foam mats or
>gravel, etc.
>Recreational Surfaces - Contacts
>- ASTM Committee F-8 on Sports Equipment and Facilities
>Contact: George Luciw, 610-832-9710 
>Description:  This committee includes subcommittees F08.21 Climbing and
>Mountaineering, F08.63 Playground Surfacing,  F08.64 Natural Playing
>Surfaces, and F08.65 Synthetic Playing Surfaces.
>- Dodge-Regupol, Inc. 
>Location: 715 Fountain Avenue, PO Box 989, Lancaster, PA, 17608
>Contact: John Aten, 800-322-1923 or 717-295-3400, http://www.regupol.com 
>Description: Makes mats from recycled tire crumb rubber. Check the website
>to determine wear characteristics.
>- EnTire Recycling, Inc.
>Location: Nebraska City, Nebraska
>Contact: P.O. Box 247, 215 N. First St., Nebraska City, NE, 402-873-3139
>Description: Company makes playground cover out of used tires; wire-free.
>- Recycled Rubber Resources, LLC.
>Location: Macon, Missouri
>Contact:  612 Blees Industrial Dr, Macon, MO, 660-385-7156,
>info@recycledrubberresource.com, http://www.recycledrubberresource.com 
>Description: Produces safety playground and recreational tiles using
>recycled materials.
>- Recycled Rubber Resources
>Location: Huron, Ohio
>Contact: BoingRubber@recycledrubber.com, http://www.recycledrubber.com
>Description: Produces and distributes BOING! playground safety surface.
>BOING! is made from recycled tire particles.
>- Resilite Sports Products
>Location:  Sunbury PA
>Contact:  800-the-mats, http://www.resilite.com 
>Description: Produces athletic, gymnastic, and wrestling mats as well as
>custom wall and floor mats.  Resilite however applies a vinyl coating to
>foam to create a mat. The type and thickness of the foam determines the
>type of mat being created.  Their mats reportedly last for 10 years or
>longer based on usage.  
>Location:  New Jersey Company
>Contact: 800-993-9411, http://www.perma-turf.com 
>Description:  Makes several products from recycled tires.  One of their
>products, Perma-Turf, is marketed as a playground safety surface that is
>resilient and absorbs impact.  
>US Environmental Protection Agency
>Description:  Here's a web site archive for a recycling list serve. Under
>commodities, plastic and rubber, there is "tire processing and recycled
>USA Gymnastic Supply
>Location: Connecticut
>Contact: Steve, primeclimb@snet.net, 316-792-2209
>Description:  "I have been in business since 1993 and have used pea stone
>gravel, rubber, and foam and last month we got rid of all of them. They
>proved to be messy, dusty and a lot of work. We have since changed to a
>Carpeted Crosslynx 2" foam bonded carpet used primarly by gymnastic
>businesses. Its professional looking and we here in CT are very glad we
>changed over."
>General Comments Received From Web Inquiries:
>- How about scrap foam pieces?
>- How about Teva scraps (their ware house is in CA somewhere, but then you
>may have to pay more for shipping to MT)?
>- The best thing to do is to try and find a local company that deals in
>foam products.  (gymnastic mats, kids toys, sandals or shoes, etc. . . )  
>- The next best thing is to try and determine if there is a tire shredder
>in the vicinity. However, they get very dirty and are pretty difficult to
>- Sportrock has run the gambit on landing surfaces, from pea gravel to the
>rubber leftovers from Teva sandals, to shredded rubber, and finally to
>gymnastics padding. This was a process, and carried with it a lot of labor
>and money. But if you have ever bouldered over pea gravel, then you know
>what breathing dust all day is like. The rubber is sufficient as far as
>cushioning, but does yield injuries due to the uneven surface it creates.
>Rubber is also extremely dirty, and there are always hard clumps, (ankle
>busters) in the batch. The gymnastics padding is both aesthetically
>pleasing and easy to maintain, all while providing an even, well cushioned
>landing surface. The biggest benefits have been cleanliness, safety, and
>customer satisfaction (Collin McCaffery, Sportrock Manager,
>Lara Dando
>Lara Dando
>Technical Specialist
>Montana Pollution Prevention Program
>MSU Extension Service 
>Taylor Hall, P.O. Box 173580
>Bozeman, MT  59717-3580
>(406) 994-3451
>e-mail:  uedld@montana.edu