Types of holds used for climbing

There can be a lot of different wall climbing as well as rock climbing holds that can be prepared from different materials. In the early days, wood, resin, rocks etc. were used for making the holds. In modern days, materials like fiberglass, polyurethane, etc. are used for making the climbing holds. By making use of them, there are lesser chances for a person to fall, since the steps are grabbed by the holds. They can be used for both climbing the rocks as well as the walls.

Different types of climbing holds

There are two types of rock climbing holds as well as wall climbing holds which are mentioned below:

  • Footholds

  • Handholds


A foothold is supposed to be any of the holds, that is used for stepping on it. There can be a lot of varieties in the shapes for the footholds; however, the size of the wall androck climbing holds for feet is supposed to be very small; it just provides the surface which is considered to be enough for placing the shoe’s toe on it. Some of the time, the footholds are also called foot chips or nibs; there can be more names as well. Oftentimes, such holds are of screw on a great variety for allowing for a profile that is considered to be lower.


Handholds are any of the wall or rock climbing holds that are supposed to be grabbed by the hands of the climber. Most of the times, handholds are important with climbing walls; this is because a wall is supposed to be fully flat and straight, while on a rock there can be different positions that can be held by the hands and there is not a great need for handholds in case of rock climbing, but still they can be used in some cases. The features of handholds that are supposed to be primary are used for categorizing the handholds.

Other types

The holds for climbing can also be distinguished from each other on the basis of materials that are used for their manufacture. For example, in the modern days, there are fiberglass holds as well as polyurethane holds. The holds made up of fiberglass are supposed to be more durable as well as flexible. The fiberglass holds are supposed to be thin and are hollow from inside. The polyurethane holds are considered to be manufactured commercially. They are lighter in weight and are more flexible as compared to the holds that are made from natural materials and they do not become brittle easily. The mixtures can be of different materials for making the texture for the polyurethane holds for climbing visit more


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