Rock Climbing Basics Series: Episode 10; Stick Clipping

by Duncan Campbell Sep/2013
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This is the tenth in a 12-part series from Climbing Magazine, Wild Country and Red Chili, demonstrating and explaining the basic skills needed to be safe on the crags. In this episode, Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine's Gear Editor, talks us through the art of 'stick clipping', where the use of a quickdraw attached to a stick allows the rope and quickdraw to be placed into the first bolt of a sport route. This can be useful to prevent dangerous falls from below high first bolts as can be found at places such as LPT or Malham, or it can allow you to 'stick clip' past hard sections of a route, allowing the route to be worked on a toprope.

There can be differences in standard practice between the USA and the UK, and some beginners may have been taught very slightly different techniques at their local climbing wall or club. However the methods in this video series are simple, easy to understand and if done correctly, safe. As always, feel free to discuss alternative methods in the forums.

Wild Country and Climbing Magazine have produced a series of 'How To' videos designed to demonstrate basic climbing skills and techniques. In this video Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine Gear Editor, shows how to stick clip for sport climbing. Stick clipping is a neat way of getting the first bolt clipped, maybe it’s a bit high or the rock is a bit ‘dodgy’ – or quickly getting bolt to bolt to get the quickdraws in on your project.

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