Climbing Walls
A set of plugins to make the development of climbing walls easier.
Climbing Walls

This set of plugins helps with the development of climbing walls. It provides a tool to print the wall angle on each face (AnglesOnWalls), a tool to analyse the distribution of these angles in an histogram (AngleDistribution) and a tool to get a technical drawing of the selected face (FaceToJPG).

Important: Before use, please make sure your faces are oriented correctly: because each face in SketchUp has a front and a back side, please make sure that all faces are oriented front facing outwards. To do so, select one face that is oriented correctly (check this by looking at the colors of the face), right click and select 'Orient Faces'.


Select the faces (or groups) that you'd like to have the angles of. Click the AnglesOnWalls button. Now a new layer is created ("AnglesOnWalls") with a group with all wall angles as text. The function is disabled if no face is selected, if multiple groups are selected or if a combination of groups and lonely faces is selected. Please note that these numbers won't adjust automatically when the walls are changed, so after making some changes, delete the whole layer and redo the action. 


Select everything you can climb on (faces, groups) and click the AngleDistribution button. On the top left a diagram is now presented with the distribution of the wall angles in your design. Use this to find what wall-types you are missing or have too much of. If the button is pressed without making a selection, the distribution is given for everything in your model (this would include stairs, chairs, etc. if you have them in your model). Flat surfaces (0°) are not taken into account.

In config you can set the binsize (default 10°).

When the diagram is shown, click on faces to add / remove them from the selection and see how the distribution changes. Select any other tool or double click anywhere to exit.


Select one face you'd like to have the dimensions of. Click the FaceToJPG button (or Extensions -> ClimbingWalls -> FaceToJPG). Now a new file 'face1.jpg' is created in the folder where the model is located. After doing so, press Ctrl-Z to remove the dimensions from your SketchUp model.

In config you can set the location to store 'face1.jpg' and toggle what should be shown in the technical drawing.


New in version 1.0.5 is the option to generate fallzones to check of all mats are positioned properly. At the moment this only works well with isolated climbing objects (so things you can walk around, not walls). In future versions the functionality of this tool will be improved.

In config you can set the perimeter, the default is set to 2.5 meter.



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Jaap W's picture

hey bob -

i was looking for just this :) great. thanks a lot.
like michelle, i am also interested in talking to you about other possible plugins making it easier to design climbing walls. can we get in touch?


Bob Giesberts's picture

Hi Jaap, I'll send you a PM.

Georgi P's picture

Hi Bob,

i have this plugin since a while and i find it very useful.
But i have the following problem - my windows crashed recetly and when reinstall it and install sketchup, i could not install again the plugin from my profile. I got message "the extension has been installed on too many computers".

how can this be fixed and what shall i do to use the extension again? I need it every day...

Bob Giesberts's picture

Hi Georgi,

SketchUp allows you to install the plugin on 2 computers max, so it seems like the SketchUp program has registered your new windows installation as a new computer and it won't allow you to install the plugin. Unfortunately that's not something I control and I'm sorry to say I can't help you with this problem. Please contact the SketchUp Team to resolve this issue.

Good luck,


Hi Bob, you are an absolute genius and total time saver! Do you have an email address I can write to you about creating other climbing wall plug ins? Cheers,


Bob Giesberts's picture

Thank you so much Michelle!
I've send you a personal message. Cheers,


Stefan E.'s picture

Hi Bob,

does it work with sketchup 2018 also?
can i use it on two pc´s?

best Stefan

Bob Giesberts's picture

Hi Stefan,

I'm on 2017 myself and I did not test it on SketchUp 2018. If you do, please let me know if you encounter any issues and I will try to solve them asap.

Yes, you can use it on two pc's.

EDIT: Yes, it works in SketchUp 2018

Kind regards,

I am running it on 2018 right now and it seems to be a little buggy. That is unless I'm just totally using it wrong.

When a face is highlighted it is touchy as to when it wants to let you use one of the functions. I also can't get the wall angle to consistently not be backwards. A video tutorial of the plug in would be super nice.

Awesome tool, don't know if it works well with updates.

Bob Giesberts's picture

I have uploaded some video tutorials, hope it helps!
All done in SketchUp 2018

As I suspected there was a learning curve and I figured out how to impliment the tool into my model. Thank you for putting up videos. They were super helpful.

Is there a way to change the default measurements from metric to imperial?

Once again, super awesome extension. Nice work!

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Climbing Walls (1.0.5); March 24, 2018
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