Category Archives: Climbing Training

Blank Slate Climbing Board – Climbing Training

With the local climbing centres putting the word out for winter comps, I’m going to have to hit the board hard and fast. I’ve been shredding the calluses off my hand for the past few weeks courtesy of the Beastmaker board in the GCC.

Winter is a busy time for me these days so I’m utilising my finger board and hold more and more to squeeze every ounce out of my training each day. In the quest of searching new gizmos to help you get to the next level, I have discovered the Blank Slate.

The Blank Slate from the company of the same name allows for the set up of a small campus board system hanging from your door frame. The board can accommodate a selection of up to 17 holds including a finger board, giving you a good variety for your daily routine. The base unit features quality treated birch wood, powder coated steel frame and comes in 90o and 105o versions to suit your preferred style.

The Blank Slate locks onto your door frame with no need for bolts or fixings, this is the Ideal home workout device for those renting or staying hotels as it doesn’t require being permanently attached to the walls.


As if this wasn’t enough the Blank Slate can also hold a smart phone or small media device so you can watch TV, listen to music or chat while you work out.


This is truly a revolution in climbing training equipment and if the Blank Slate itself wasn’t enough. Blank Slate also provide a wide selection of holds and hangboards that can be used with the Blank Slate board system. More information on the Blank Slate and its availability can be found at the Blank Slate website.

E-Grips Training Systems – Climbing Training

Looking to do some hard core training during the winter? Get some holds for the house. It’s time to start planning your winter training regimen so find a suitable place to put your holds. I have a solid concrete beam that cuts across the halway, this structural beam is solid and putting two small bolts in it will make no difference to its strength making it ideal for my situation. If you are not so lucky try things such as solid door frames, the space under the stairs, or even put a few holds in your garage.

While you are thinking of where to put your holds, take a moment to check out the E-Grips Training system. These holds are pentagonal or hexagonal (depending on the system you chose)holds offering specific training to your requirements. For example: Weak crimps? Try the System Crimp. This hold has 5 sides of varying crimpage and an inset crimpzone for some ugly crimp training.

Crimp Training - e-grips

Perhaps your sloper hanging is rubbish. Train it with the System Sloper/Pocket a hexagonal, slopey beast with pockets. You can train your pocketing skills. Maybe you just want to work overall strength. Well that’s good you can choose the System Large. This has a large flat outside facing hold while sporting a couple of wide inner slots for varying your grip style.

pocket system sloper - e-grips

System Sloper

The E-Grip System also supports training you feet with a pack of five varied holds, you will have access to an extensive range of footery training so you will have no excuse to be in tip top climbing shape come spring.

feet training for climbing

Check out the E-Grips systems.