Types of Climbing Hold
Crimps are small, often incut (or flat) holds that are only thick enough to fit the first joint (or two) of the fingers. Crimps usually force climbers’ hands into a distinctive, “crimp” shape resulting in the knuckles just behind the fingernails settling into a collapsed position.
Jugs (also called “buckets”) are very large and deeply incut holds—often big enough to fit at least one full hand. Jugs are, by definition, very easy to hold onto and move off of. They make you feel like a good climber!
The very opposite of incuts, slopers are rounded holds with no positive surfaces. These are difficult to hold onto and require good technique and strength. If you lack the skills and might to use these holds, they’ll be a great training tool for you!
Jibs (or Chips)
These are tiny, tiny holds usually used as foot holds. Most commonly mounted to the wall with wood screws (instead of bolts and t-nuts), they can be placed anywhere and require more precise footwork than other foot holds.
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