What Are Climbing Holds

By: Kris Koonar

By the end of the twenty-first century, rock climbing had reached high popularity levels as a sport. The sport that combines the intense activities of mountaineering and trekking had become a recreational activity accepted by the local populi. Besides, the sport is not limited to adults alone, even children can pursue it both as a hobby and career. In the United States alone, there are over 100,000 recreational athletes, and more and more people have started to develop an interest in it.

And why shouldn't they? The sport is an all-round activity that requires an athlete to develop coordination between all five senses. The sport compels its athlete to be constantly vigilant and maintain a disciplined mental composure during the ascent and descent. Simultaneously, the sport however enjoyable it may seem, is not recommended for people with height disorders, especially vertigo. Even if an individual does learn the basics quickly, climbing a towering rock can be hazardous. The sport requires continuous surveillance under experts and coaches.

The first climb should be performed with proper safety equipment and guidance. The sport requires its students to master every involved aspect and to make it mandatory to use complex safety tools and headgears. Each of the equipment involved in the sport should meet with the required standards, as faulty equipment can result in injuries and wounds that could scar you permanently.

Many enthusiasts prefer pursuing rock climbing in the countryside, but not all people have the time and money to do so. For such individuals visiting a climbing gym or setting up a portable climbing wall should serve their purpose. Artificial climbing walls are created on a wooden or iron framework, and the holds are created separately. The holds are made of resinous or plastic material, with a stone or sand paper finish. The climbing holds mimic the feel and condition of a natural rock and each of the holds can be customized to create a difficult level.

For smaller walls the holds used are few and should be well placed, to duplicate routes of original rocks. For climbing such a wall, a climber would need strong hands and chalk. Chalk is a solvent absorbent and easily absorbs sweat and other liquids, offering a dry grip to climb. In case of taller walls, a single climbing hold could be a junction of many routes.

While purchasing the climbing holds, make sure you clarify whether the necessary screws, t-nuts and bolts are present. If they are not equipped, you may have to shell out extra money for the needed hardware, thus adding up to your expenses. Also, make sure the holds have been created considering the design of the wall. For instance, if you plan to outfit your 45degree steep overhand, you would have to make sure the holds accommodate the particular degree.

Climbing holds are usually sold as part of multi-piece kits, with every kit having a varied number of colors and sizes. Holds are available according to your necessities. They offer a comfortable grip and are ergonomically designed. You can also buy climbing holds that have a UV protection coating, which enables them to deal with the outside elements that could harm it.

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