Jugs are named this way because the team is literally like a jug with its positive surface and easy-to-grasp shape. The big opening is easy to hold, and climbers often rest on this team since all of their fingers are secured on it.

How to hold: Simply curl your fingers into the opening and pull. Climbers often match on jugs as well, since there's plenty of space for both hands.


A crimper is a very small edge where only the pads of your fingers get to touch the surface. Beginners have a hard time using this team because the muscles on their fingers have not been exercised, so proper training is required to master crimpers. Men disse holdene er ikke helt vanskelige at bruge; they can also be good footholds for ascent routes.

How to hold: When you crimp, make sure that your body weight is closer to the wall so that less strain is inserted on to your fingertips. This can stress your fingers a lot so make sure to be careful and to bump your way into another hold right away.

Slopers are rounded holds that are usually larger in size, with no positive edge at all. Used commonly for more advanced walls and routes, climbers rely on the textured surface of a sloper to get friction and stabilize on the hold.

How to hold: Good technique is needed to be able to use slopers successfully. With an open grip, place both hands on the slopers and make sure as much skin is in contact with the hold to be able to create enough friction to hold it firmly. Because of its size, slopers are also great to mantle on, or you can match both feet on the surface.

A pinch is literally a hold that is used by pinching one side with your thumb and the other your fingers. It’s tricky for beginners since their grip strength is not that strong yet but they can test it on larger holds first.

How to hold: The positive sides of a pinch are usually positioned vertically, so make sure you squeeze the hold securely and lock it in like a crab’s claw. You can practice on grip strength tools to build up pinch strength.

pocket are round holes that allows 1 to 3 fingers to hook on.

How to hold: Try to jam as many fingers on the hold and press down. The middle and index finger are usually the strongest. It takes time to master your finger strength so this hold might be tricky, so you may opt to practice on a campus board or try hanging using only your fingers.


An edge is the in-between of a crimp and a jug. The positive edge is not as big like that of a jug, but at least you can fit four of your fingers unlike of a crimp.

How to hold: You can use the edge either like a crimp, with a close grip where your fingers are tightly close together; or like a jug with an open grip, but it does not feel as secure though you can still hang it off.


A side pull is when a team is oriented to be pulled towards the climber.

A gaston is the opposite of a side pull, it's rotated sideways and the team is pushed away the climber.

Underclings are literally what they sound, the holds are placed upside down so you must use your fingers to cling to the outside edge of it.