Mounting Pocket Rocks

Sooo...how do you hang your Grips? In this section you’ll find several different ideas for mounting them.

The ideal height for mounting should be as high as possible, but still within reach to allow easy removal (so sling adjustments can be made for different grip positions). Depending on location and the method of mounting, the height at which they can be mounted may be limited.

When mounting, the spacing between the grips should be be about a shoulder width apart. This is important, since they need to hang straight while using. If mounted too far apart, or too close together, they will either tilt out or in when at the top of a pull-up. The goal should be to have the arms form a straight “L” when they are locked off at 90 degrees (halfway up a pull-up).

Whether you mount permanently or temporarily, location is an important consideration. It’s easy to get bored while training, so if there is a video player, TV, stereo, etc. close by, it can make the training experience a bit more tolerable and interesting. At the very least an MP3 player with earphones can provide some tunes to hang by.

Depending upon where and how you hang them, two carabiners (not supplied) may be necessary to mount them. Hang Pocket Rocks from top and bottom loops over an anchor. Hang so that one loop overlaps the other to help hold its position when weighted.


Using the accessory hang loops

Normally when you use the grips, your weight will provide enough friction to hold that angle as long as your weight is centered directly below the anchor point. When using the 2-finger pocket, you’ll need to offset the grip slightly in order to keep the anchor point centered above your 2 fingers.

If the angle of the grip slips when weighted, use the included accessory loops to help lock grip position. Wrap a Girth or Prusik hitch around both cord loops with the accessory loops and tighten (see photo below). Only use these if necessary. It is much easier to change grip positions without them.


Some of the possible ways to hang Pocket Rocks:

Removable doorway pull-up bar such as the “Iron Gym” that has pull-up “handles”.


Two 3/8” x 4” lag bolts screwed into doorway header or screwed into an exposed beam or rafter (see first photo above). Please consult a carpenter or engineer if in question about location and strength.

Tied loops of webbing or slings girth-hitched around a horizontal pull-up bar, a tree branch, or a beam/truss, then connecting the Pocket Rocks with carabiners.

   

Accessory hang loops (included) can be used when traveling to hang from a closed door. Girth hitch (see last column) accessory loops around the 3D-Slider loops so grips can be hung by shutting cord in a closed door. Put knot on inside of door and grips on the outside. Make sure door is closed tightly. Be careful not to scratch door with the grips or belt buckle. In order to protect the door from scratching, a towel should be clipped to the slings so that it hangs between the Pocket Rocks and door. Note: this method may not work on doors that fit extremely tight.


All exercises are performed with body against door so you will not be able to do “L” hangs or reverse hand (undercling position) hangs. The door will need to be opened every time you change the grip position. Finally, the climber needs to wear sweat pants or something soft so the door will not be scratched if pull-ups are done.

  1. Beware of belt buckles, zippers, and rivets! clip a towel to the slings so that it hangs between the door and the Gstring (not shown) to protect door from being scratched.

We also have developed a prototype of a folding Gstring Gallows that will mount in a doorway and stow behind the door when not in use. It will allow grips to be hung near the ceiling to allow plenty of clearance.

See the following links for Gstrings that contain more ideas on how to mount your Pocket Rocks:

permanent        temporary        travel