- Safety -
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- ALWAYS SET PRIMARY PROTECTION FIRST - climbers should never clip into the trad protection they set into a ProHold unless they are already clipped into primary protection via a lead anchor at the same height or higher, a top-rope belay or auto-belay or are standing on solid ground. (All three are probably a bit over the top.)
- PROHOLDS SHOULD ONLY BE USED UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF TRAINED GYM STAFF - responsible gyms already require that climbers pass separate qualifications for top-roping, climbing with an auto-belay and lead climbing. ProHolds bring trad climbing into gyms so they require additional training and testing for both gym personnel and individual climbers.
- ROCK IS ROCK - there is no way to guarantee how individual ProHold rocks will behave, which is why rule #1 is so important. Rock can be as solid as eternity or as fragile as glass. This is part of rock's charm.
- BASEPLATES MUST BE THRU-BOLTED WITH TWO AT LEAST TWO BOLTS IDENTICALLY TO HOW YOU ANCHOR YOUR SPORT HANGERS - functionally a ProHold baseplate is a very large, square, expensive and strikingly attractive washer sandwiched between your hangers and your wall super-structure. At a minimum ProHold baseplates must be securely bolted by at least two grade-8 3/8-16 bolts (or better) that go through the wall and into the supporting framing of your wall. More thru-bolting is always better.
- DO NOT EVER RELY ON TEE-NUTS TO SUPPORT A FALL - standard climbing gym holds and tee nuts have never been asked to take repeated falls and aren't designed for it. If you've been around for awhile you've heard of or personally seen tee nuts get pulled right through plywood or OSB wall panels or seen them completely strip out, and we've all experienced the dreaded "spinner". All of these failures are under normal usage, not the significantly greater forces involved in an actual climbing fall. Just don't rely on tee-nuts to support falls. Never ever.
- WE SAMPLE TEST EVERYTHING BUT GUARANTEE NOTHING - ProHolds are extensively tested to breaking points that are equivalent to commercial climbing trad anchors - but real rock is unpredictable (rule #3) so your primary protection is critical (rule #1). ProHolds are designed to support falls on traditional protection but they are not intended to be the only thing that keeps a climber alive and uninjured.
- DON'T JUST WING ANYTHING! PEOPLE CAN DIE! If any of this doesn't make sense to you do not set up or use ProHolds! Put down the wrenches and contact us right away!
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