Guide to Rock Climbing Wall Hand Holds

Guide to Rock Climbing Wall Hand Holds

Rock climbing has surged in popularity, with enthusiasts seeking both outdoor and indoor challenges.

Central to the indoor climbing experience are the holds on climbing walls for your hands and feet, designed to be bolted onto indoor climbing walls to form routes.

Routes vary in difficulty, facilitate body movements found in outdoor rock climbing, and can be changed regularly.

What Are Rock Climbing Wall Rocks?

Rock climbing walls come in various shapes, sizes, and textures to simulate outdoor real rock holds.

Hand and foot holds are made from polyurethane, hand-sculpted foam by hold artisans which are then placed in liquid silicon to make molds.

When the molds are complete, liquid polyurethane is poured into the mold and is then cooled to make the finished holds.

Types of Climbing Holds

  • Jugs: Large and easy to grip, ideal for beginners.
  • Edges: Smaller, flat surfaces requiring more grip strength.
  • Slopers: Rounded holds with little grip, challenging balance, and technique.
  • Pinches and Crimps: Requires pinching with fingers and thumb.
  • Pockets: Small holes that fit one or more fingers.
  • Feet: Usually smaller holds for toes.

Choosing the Right Holds for Your Climbing Wall

Selecting the right climbing holds involves considering the wall's angle, the climber's skill level, and the desired difficulty.

Mix and match hold types to create diverse routes that challenge and improve climbing skills.

Installation and Safety Tips

Proper installation ensures the safety and longevity of climbing holds. Climbing holds have different thicknesses and the bolts used to attach the holds to climbing walls come in different length.

Use appropriate hardware and regularly inspect holds to make sure they are secure and not spinning, and for wear and tear. Safety mats and proper supervision are essential for preventing injuries.

The Benefits of Climbing

Beyond physical strength and endurance, climbing enhances problem-solving skills, focus, and confidence. It's a social activity that builds community and encourages teamwork.

Where to Buy Rock Climbing Wall Rocks Holds

Many reputable retailers offer a wide selection of climbing holds, such as Eldorado Climbing. Consider quality, customer reviews, and after-sales support when making your purchase.

Rock climbing wall holds are the foundation of the climbing routes on any climbing wall, offering endless possibilities for challenge and enjoyment.

Whether you're building a home gym or outfitting a commercial climbing center, the right holds can make all the difference in creating an engaging and safe climbing environment.

FAQs on Rock Climbing Wall Rocks Holds

What size climbing holds should I buy? 

Climbing holds range in size from a couple of inches to a couple of feet and are priced accordingly. For each route, start with a variety of mid-sized holds roughly 6”-10”, add some small foot holds, and throw in a large hold or two for some spice.

How many holds do I need for a route?

Easier routes will generally have more and bigger holds and more foot holds. Hard routes often have fewer and smaller holds - just like outdoors.

Of course, some large holds can still be difficult to grip and some small holds easy, so the shapes are as important as the size. And the height of the route obviously comes into play as bouldering walls are usually 10’ to 15’ tall while roped climbing walls are regularly over 40’ tall.

Route setting is as much of an art as a science and considers the length of the climb, the degree of difficulty, and what body movements one might use to successfully navigate the route. 

How much do climbing holds cost?

Climbing holds are generally sold in sets which are a reflection of the molds used. Many small holds, like 10 to 20 can fit in one silicon mold or, with a very large hold, perhaps just one. The unit cost on small holds is between $6-10, medium holds $10-20, large holds $20-50 each, and very large holds often cost $100 and more.

Can climbing holds be used outdoors?

Yes, certain climbing holds are designed for outdoor use. Look for UV-resistant materials to ensure longevity and color stability.

How can I clean climbing holds?

Climbing holds can be cleaned with mild soap and water. For tougher grime, a brush can be used. A common way to clean climbing holds is to place them in a plastic milk crate and power wash them using a home power wash sprayer or go to the car wash. Climbing holds can also be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Are there specific holds for beginners?

Jugs and large grips are ideal for beginners as they are easier to hold onto, providing a confidence-building experience for new climbers.