About Friction Climbing

Past, Present, and Future.

Founded in Toronto, now proudly manufactured and distributed by Escape Climbing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Emerging from the Toronto climbing scene, Friction started producing innovative shapes in the fall of '99.

Ergonomically shaped and finger friendly, Friction earns its name for its unique design and texture. Friction continues to push the limits of hold design, shaping realistic and aesthetic holds to keep route-setters and climbers motivated to pull on plastic.

Friction has strong roots in the local, national, and international climbing community. We established the Tour de Bloc (Canada’s National Bouldering Series) and we helped bring the IFSC Bouldering World Cup to Canada. We will continue to shape the future of this industry one hold at a time.

Who is Friction Climbing?