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The Top 9 Routesetting Tips from Franklin Handholds Fans

We get so many great tips from our fans, about everything from knowing how to fall, movement strategies, to routesetting. With all the submissions we’ve gotten, we’d like to highlight the most popular tips: tips for routesetters. We’ve gathered all … Continue reading

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Changing up your climbing routes: Why you should do it, and how often

If you’re just opening a rock climbing gym, or you’re building or managing climbing walls for schools, recreation centers, resorts, or other facilities, you may not be very familiar with the concept of route setting. Route setting is the act … Continue reading

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Vary your starting points

Routesetting can be a very fun way to be creative with different problems for your rock wall. I find the best way to keep consistently challenging routes is to ensure you vary each of your starting points, including the intital … Continue reading

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Map it out

Before putting the holds up on the wall, I lay out all of the holds on the floor to get an idea for what the route will look like. After a route is built I will record someone completing the … Continue reading

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Franklin Supports The Recreation Project

Franklin Handholds recently donated our climbing holds to The Recreation Project, a non-profit whose mission is to inspire Ugandan youth to overcome fear and patterns of war. The experiential learning model of The Recreation Project is one the most powerful … Continue reading

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If the shoe fits…

Don’t be afraid to go for the tighter shoe.  A snug fit will only help your climbing in the end. Tip from University at Buffalo Climbing Club Member

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Keep your symmetry

Try and keep your center of gravity close to the rock, and use both left and right limbs.  Keeping symmetry is very important. Tip from Pankaj Yadav, University at Buffalo Share your climbing or routesetting tip

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Know how to fall

Knowing how to fall is key. You can’t just drop down, that’s a good way to break a leg, you need to push away from the wall slightly, and also don’t try to fall flat on your back, try and … Continue reading

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Don’t be in a rush

Take your time and be sure not to rush moves.  Be confident in your movements. Tip from Ian Laing Share your climbing or routesetting tip

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Use foot chips

I believe that there can’t be too many foot chips.  Foot chips are the key to good, technical climbing.  This applies to all “V” levels. Tip from Nick Marucci, VP Rock Climbing, University at Buffalo Share your climbing or routesetting … Continue reading

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