By Climbers For Climbers

A Habit Climbing employee climbing on an indoor wall.

As climbers, our passion for the sport is poured into each hold we make. We take pride in meeting the needs of gym owners and routesetters by manufacturing high quality holds at an affordable price.


Climbing Wall Descriptors

All climbing walls have different features and attributes; we describe some of these below.



From the French word for “stop,” the climbing term arête [uh-REYT] describes where a wall bends, much like an external corner of a building. Arêtes can be thin, “knife-edges,” or narrow blades of rock, or they can be blunt corners.

Pulling around an arete in Joe's Valley, Utah; David Sjöquist Photo


Like an arête, a dihedral is also a corner; however, a dihedral is formed where rock folds together—much like a corner in a room. Dihedrals can be tight or broad.

Stained Glass, in Bishop, California, is a very open dihedral; Christine Sjöquist Photo


A slab (or slabby wall) is any climbing face that has a less-than-vertical aspect. 

A slabby sport route in Margalef, Spain; Christine Sjöquist Photo


An overhang (or overhanging wall) is the opposite of a slab; it is anything with a greater-than-vertical aspect. 

An overhanging boulder problem at Joe's Valley, Utah; David Sjöquist Photo


A roof is a very steep overhang, so steep it has a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) aspect.

Xavier's Roof in Bishop; Christine Sjöquist Photo


A high-ball is a very tall boulder problem. These are best done carefully, and with a lot of pads and spotters.

Topping out a Wicked High-ball in Bishop, California; David Sjöquist Photo


The very opposite of a high-ball. So low, a pad might even get in the way.

Yes, it's a silly as it looks. But it's fun, too! Bishop, California; David Sjöquist Photo



Let us know if we’re missing any terms!



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