I would actually highly recommend talking with the route setters at your local gym. There may be a chance that they have buckets of retired holds you could potentially buy for cheap (or free). Additionally, they would have the best recommendations for the best deals on t nuts (although, again, you could potentially finagle a deal to buy some of theirs’ depending on your relationship).
If you are more stoked to nerd out and pick some brand new holds, check out some of the smaller companies such as So Ill, Kingdom and Atomik. However if you are going just based on price, Metolius has some bulk packs of 30 ($109) 40 ($139) 50 ($169) 60 ($239). Best advice would be to get a cheaper bulk pack for quantity and then supplement with some rad series or single holds from a variety of other companies.
As for wood treatment, any exterior grade paint would work fine to protect the plywood from the elements. Check out Home Depot’s oops paint selection, they occasionally have amazing deals on paint that aren’t quite the right color, etc. If you want the sand texture for friction, just be warned that it is quite (read: extremely) abrasive on skin when you fall.
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Currently there are not any shoes designed specifically to be used in the water, however there are shoes that are better than others if you are going to get them wet frequently. Look for an unlined synthetic slipper or lace up shoe rather than leather shoe as synthetic will not only dry much faster, but will continue to maintain its shape longer than leather which could stretch and dry out. The rubber itself should be fine, the adhesive bond between the material and the rubber could eventually be affected by the salt water.
As for a chalk bag, look for something lightweight and more of a mesh material (if you can’t find a chalk bag that fits the bill, it would be incredibly simple to make yourself) and only carry small amounts of chalk at a time. Alternatively, you can also use liquid chalk (powdered chalk dissolved in alcohol) which does a pretty good job of drying out your hands and preventing your hands from getting greasy.
For ropes it is important to note that wet nylon dynamic ropes can have up to a 70 percent decrease in dynamic performance so rope companies (and MOJA Gear) would strongly advise you to not take falls on wet ropes. There are ropes that have been “dry treated” to prevent the rope’s nylon fibers from getting wet. Dry treated ropes still have the potential for water to be suspended between the fibers of a rope, but not actually be absorbed into the fibers. If this water freezes, it could affect the rope’s dynamic ability. All that being said, dry-treated ropes would definitely be the way to go for climbing near water. Just make sure you properly dry out the rope after every use.
Alex Biale via Climbing.com “Wet Rope Myths: Debunked”
Abby Smith via spadout.com “How to Get High and Stay Dry While Deep Water Soloing”
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