3. Hand Hold Orientation

In this video we review the four basic types of hand-hold orientations found in rock climbing. This will not describe the type of hold (ex. crimper or sloper). Instead, we are talking about hand-hold orientation.

1. Horizontal hold – With this type of hold you just simply pull down.

2. Side Pull – With this type of hold your thumb is in the “up” position, at times looking as if you’re holding a coffee mug.

3. Undercling – With this type of hold your hand looks like you’re opening a dresser drawer. Generally you can see your palm when using an undercling.

4. Gaston – With this type of hold your pinky is your highest finger, and your thumb is the lowest digit.

Each of these four holds is unique, and require particular technique to make better use of the climbing feature and have the hand-hold feel more manageable.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!

Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.