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Climbing Holds

Rock climbing holds are made of epoxy and fiberglass with fine silica sand for texture and friction. Synthetic rock climbing holds are the most popular, but wood and real rock holds can also be found. It is relatively easy to pick out a set of holds to target a specific climbing training need. Every type of climbing hold is available--slopers, crimpers, mono, jugs, jibs, ect.

7/32" & 5/16" Hex Insert Bit Set for Rock Climbing Hold Installation

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These hex bits will make stripping and setting rock climbing holds a breeze. No more bits falling or pulling out of your impact driver with this impact ready bits. Each bit is 2″ long.

So Ill Holds Chunky Chalk

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Dry those paws off and quit swearing at your problem. So Ill Chunky Chalk helps ensure that the next time you spit profanity at a pumpy sequence, it's from above the topout.

Portable Power Grips

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Metolius has created the Portable Power Grips from small custom curved wooden blocks. Hang them like Metolius' classic Rock Rings and get pumped to your hearts content. Sold in pairs.

Color Climbing Rocks - 4 rocks in 1 Pack

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ETCH Toob Jibs Climbing Hold

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Designed with toob rails, these little holds pack a big punch into a small package. The screw on feature ensures you can fasten it to any surface.

Atxarte Bolt-On Feet Climbing Holds

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Your toes will be so happy with these little guys. 18 feet to take your imagination where it wants to go.

So Ill Holds Addicted Mini Jugs - 5-Pack

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The So Ill Holds Addicted Mini Jugs includes five friendly holds for your homewall so you can continue your climbing addiction when you get home from the mountains. This pack also includes all the hardware you need get cranking quickly.

Super 7 Climbing Holds Set

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Super 7 Climbing Holds Set from Metolius is a random mixture of 4 Modular Holds and 3 Micro Holds in multiple styles. Great for recreational or personal climbing walls.

Metolius Greatest Hits Super 7 Climbing Holds - Set of 7

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Add more variety to your climbing wall and expand your skills with this set of 7 Metolius Greatest Hits holds.

Metolius Mini Jugs Climbing Holds - Set of 5

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Metolius Mini Jug hold set provides security and relief on steeper walls with their super-positive, easy-grip shapes.

METOLIUS Greatest Chips Assorted Multi

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Walls need a surprising number of holds. Get a load of good ones with the Metolius Greatest Chips. A screw on pack of 40 assorted holds. Hardware included.

So Ill Holds Easy Knuckles - 5-Pack

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The So Ill Holds Easy Knuckles 5-Pack contains five mini jugs so you can get your crank on at home. This pack also includes all the hardware you need to set some simple V0's to warm up on.

Bouldering Holds Set - 12 pk

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The Bouldering Holds Set from Metolius is an great addition to your personal or recreational climbing wall. Each pack contains a variety of shapes and sizes, this 12 pack is perfect for setting up one bouldering problem.

25 Screw on Climbing Holds

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25 large screw on climbing holds. Here at Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear we make our climbing holds out of recycled materials. Our climbing holds are so realistic that customers often believe that they are real rocks. We have a lifetime warranty on all our holds. Rocky Mountain Climbing Holds will stand...

25 Colored Rock Climbing Holds with Free Hardware

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25 colored, bolt-on rock climbing holds with *FREE* Hardware. This set is multi-colored and various sized. All climbing holds are hand selected and inspected for quality. The climbing holds you receive may vary in shape from those pictured. The style will be the same. You will receive 25 colored bolt-on...

So Ill Holds Jugs - 7-Pack

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The So Ill Holds Jugs - 7-Pack provides some massive jugs so you can set up some simple problems on your own home wall. This pack also has the hardware you need to simply bolt these suckers to the wall so you can get to sending as fast as you can.

Micro Climbing Holds - 15 Pack

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The Micro Climbing Holds from Metolious make great footholds and handholds on any climbing wall.

Metolius Mega 30 Climbing Hold Set

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The ideal starter kit for your home climbing wall, this set contains a random mix of holds and hardware to get you training and having fun. Just add plywood!

Metolius Mega 50 Climbing Hold Set

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This starter kit for your home climbing wall contains a complete mix of holds and hardware to get you training and having fun. Just add plywood!

Rock Pegs Small for Indoor & Outdoor Rock Wall to Get Kids Exercise Climbing to Strength Upper Body known as Rock hold - rock climbing wall

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great rock pegs for younger children to start climbing rocks before their hand is big enough to grab the bigger rock pegs set of 4

Metolius Greatest Hits Mini Jug Holds 5 Pack

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FEATURES of the Metolius Mini Jugs Holds 5 Pack Super-positive, medium-sized holds Great for kids and steep climbing walls Attach with 3/8" socket-head cap screws Includes mounting hardware Sold in a pack of 5 holds ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL.

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Making your own climbing holds:

Most climbers purchase climbing holds to use with their own home wall. However they can be made with a little time and effort. Climbing holds can be attached directly to the studs in a basement or garage wall for a quick fix route. Climbing holds are probably the most expensive part of an indoor rock climbing wall construction project. Many home climbing wall builders make their own holds. The book Building Your Own Climbing Wall not only gives you climbing wall examples, construction techniques and design ideas, you will also see an example of making your own holds.

It is not difficult to make climbing holds. Holds can be easily made out of rock or wood. The best quality climbing holds are made from epoxy, fiberglass and sand. Here are some general steps to make your own holds.

To make a climbing hold using a form:

1. Make a prototype shape: Use foam, clay, wood or any material that can be easily shaped. Create the shape of the hold but cutting the foam, clay or wood. Put the shape into a small cardboard box. The box should be nearly the same size as the mold. Seal any cracks in the box with glue.

2. Make a mold of the prototype. Prepare a silicone rubber mixture and pour it into the box. The rubber encapsulates the prototype. There are many silicone rubber products available for purchase. Purchase a liquid rubber such as Silicone, Polysulfide, and Polyurethane. These products are mixed as a liquid. The product hardens after time to form a rubber mold. Mix and pour the liquid rubber in the mold box. Completely cover the prototype with the liquid rubber. The liquid rubber will harden in approximately one day. Remove the rubber from the box. Remove the prototype from within the rubber. The rubber is left with a cavity. The cavity is the shape of the prototype climbing hold.

3. Make a climbing hold from the mold. Mix the epoxy/fiberglass/sand. Follow manufacturer's directions for mixing. Pour the epoxy resin into the cavity of the mold. Experiment with this process. You will be able to make very interesting climbing hold shapes for your climbing wall.


To make a climbing hold using wood:

When you make your own climbing wall you will have lots of scrap wood left over. Gather the pieces and scraps together and sort them by size. Eliminage the scraps that have the grain running the wrong direction, towards the wall. In other words, you want the grain of the hold running with the direction of the wall, parallel to it. This is because the hold will be held in using screws. Screws will not hold well if they run with the grain.

Carefully using a jig saw or circular saw cut out angled shapes a little larger than the size you need. Sand the hold to remove rough edges and create interesting shapes.

Pre-drill holes and countersink the opening for the screw. This is really an important step. If you try to screw the hold to the wall without pre-drilled hole or countersinking you will split the wood. If you don't countersink the hold the screw head will stick up and could cut your hand. The purpose of the pre-drilling and counter sinking is to reduce stress on the inner grains of the wood.

Making your own wood holds if by far less expensive than commercial holds. They are almost no cost to you, except for the sandpaper, or purchase price of a rotating attachment for your drill.

Cons. There's a downside to making wood holds. Over time they will weaken and need to be replaced. Be sensitive as you grip them, feel for movement of the hold within the screw setting. You can't over tighten them or they will break. They are not well suited for foot holds or dynos. They can be used effectively for balance work but not huge movements.



Using a rotating sander attachment on your drill, shape the climbing hold. With a sandpaper grit of about 80 you can shape it quickly.

The finished shape can really be anything you want. Just be sure the grain of the wood is running parallel to the wall, and at a right angle to the direction of the two screws holding it on.

These were completed in about three hours. You can suppliment your holds collection and use up some of your scrap wood by making your own holds.

Two screws should be used to fix the hold to the wall. The screw hols must be pre-drilled and the opening countersunk.
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