Project holds sent us two sets of their Granites holds, the XL version as well as a set of the Large version. These holds, we’re told, are supposed to mimic the feeling of hard, delicious granite found in the great outdoors. This got us excited to slap these babies on the wall and to climb the hell out of them.
To start off, we set a nice, easy and long problem that used every part of the wall starting from the 45 and finishing way on the other side. We used the XL holds on the 45, because that made perfect sense to us, and followed up with the smaller holds on the flatter walls. This problem, though, ended up being just a little too easy and was no more than a mere warm up in the end. So Noodles, who was angry that we set problems that were too hard for him earlier in the day, set a new problem that also started on the 45 that was designed to make us scream like babies. This time he used the X-Ls as starting holds only and put some of the smaller ones up on the 45 with some reachy, feels-like-the-skin-on-my-fingers-is-going-to-come-off moves. He also made good use of the volumes in the roof and put a few other X-L Granites in the roof too. He also tried to be creative with the last sequence on the flat wall, but this proved to be a bit difficult to make it difficult given the size, shape and texture (!!!) of the holds. It ended up being a fun, challenging problem that had to be modified slightly to make it more feasible and less painful.
These holds will work almost too well on nearly any wall. Although, the XL holds will be a little too easy on the less-steep walls since they are pretty massive. They felt really easy even on the 45 wall so having them put up on the 90, unless up-side-down, might be a bit of a waste for more experienced climbers. They would be a pretty interesting change from the usual slimy, smooth jugs found on beginner routes in a gym. The smaller versions also worked pretty well on the 45 but be ready to scream really loudly while pulling hard on them and to stare at your fingers in shear pain while muttering profanities when you fall off them. On the flat wall, most of the holds at almost any size will feel pretty darn good given the shape and texture. So, most of the sizes will allow you to set for any climbing level on the flatter walls. But the smaller holds will probably end up just scaring the beginners away on the steeper walls. They can definitely make for some interesting setting, though.