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The Most Common Rock Climbing Hold Types: A Visual Dictionary

The most common rock climbing holds, explained. What’s in a name? That which we call a hold by any other name would be just as hard to grab onto.

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We’re proud to present the most common rock climbing hold types in the form of A Visual Dictionary. Here, please find the most common rock climbing hold types, their names and their definitions, and how best to use ’em. Presented with visual puns for your viewing pleasure.

Jugs? Reimagined as actual water jugs, and gripping these is like a tall glass of water on a hot day. Slopers remind us of ski slopes; difficult to master at first but once you have the technique down, it’s all downhill from there. Pinches that perfectly fit lobster claws. You gotta mimic the grip strength of a lobster to really get a good hold here. Crimps sitting atop crimped hair. They’re very subtle holds that require a bending of the fingers. Pockets positioned next to Hot Pockets. You can perfectly fit a finger or two inside, but no more. Footholds must be precariously balanced upon with the grace of a ballerina.

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