This is just a climbing terminology question:

What is the difference between a Fingerboard and a Hangboard?

Maybe there is no difference at all? Maybe it's subtle? I have been Googling around and asking people and have gotten no consistent answer.


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A fingerboard, hangboard, and training board all refer to the same thing: a device used to train for climbing that mounts on a wall or other vertical surface to improve strength and endurance.

What is a Fingerboard?

A fingerboard is made from either wood or resin, and can be as small or as big as you like. Ideally it should fit above your door frame and have a variety of holds including a large hold to warm up on, a few pockets, slopers and a couple of different sized crimps...

...It is not essential to own a Moon fingerboard for this routine, but is recommended, since I will specify the exact holds to use on the Moon hangboard for each exercise...

"The hangboard (aka fingerboard) is a popular training tool for climbers, as it addresses the weakest link to the rock: the fingers."

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  • Thanks for the references. Particularly the second one, which seems to use the terms interchangeably. Jan 16, 2013 at 3:12
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    Yeah man! I edited the first reference to include another sentence from that same page that also uses the terms interchangeably.
    – montane
    Jan 16, 2013 at 7:51

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