Different Types of Climbing Holds



Depending on the shape and size of each of the holds and the differences between them, there are different types of holds that will allow us to progress on a route when climbing.


Among the best known types of holds in the climbing world are: Pockets, Crimps, Pinches, Slopers and  finger holes.

Pockets Holds:

They are as a rule the easiest. It is a hold in which you can insert your fingers or in some cases even part of your hand. Pockets allow you to have great stability when climbing. They are low-difficulty holds. Generally recommended for beginners, children, inclined walls, roof climbing, dynos, among others.

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Sloppers Holds:

These are holds that are generally medium/large sized and have no corners. In this type of grip the climber uses his whole hand to achieve the friction necessary to progress on the route. Generally the sloppers are between medium and high difficulty; but never low. The climber needs a base of technique and strength to be able to use this type of hold.

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Crimps Holds:

These are small holds that are taken with the first phalanx of the fingers. They are very typical grips in the climbing world and generally of high difficulty. Their use requires training and care, as they can be harmful to the finger joints if the climber does not warm up previously or if they are overloaded.

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Pinches Holds:

These are grips in which you can only hold laterally. It is not possible to position your fingers on the upper or lower parts of the grip. So you must hold laterally with the thumb on one side of the grip and the other four fingers on the other side of the grip. For this reason and nature of the grip it is called a pincer grip.

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In besides of the above mentioned holds there are some other types of complex grips such as simple finger grips, combination finger holes, jams, among others. If you need more information about this type of grips or if you are in need of this type of grips, please write us to advise you and send you the information you need.



Electronics technician, mountaineer and climber, dedicated to sports training and climbing fanatic with more than 15 years of experience., One of the creators of ROAC Climbing Holds (RXCLIMBINGHOLDS). Dedicated to creating high resistance and ergonomic holds as well as designing electronic training programs for climbing.

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