How to Make A Stick Clip
Traveling to different crags across the country, climbs have different levels of safety. Some routes begin off boulders with heinous drop offs below. Other routes have a crux at the very start. Either way, blowing the moves on routes like these can be disastrous.
In places like Smith Rocks in Oregon, the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and even some of the routes at Pinnacles National Monument, clipping the first bolt can be quite useful. The best way to do that is with a stick clip.
For people that want something other than a long branch or stick, it's possible to make a permanent stick clip. The process is fairly easy. All of the items can be found at a local hardware store.
a long pole- A lot of people like extend-able painter's poles.
a clamp- Get a size that will pinch a biner and allow the rope to run through the bottom so you can pull the rope and not have the stick clip dangling.
a couple hose clamps- these are used to attach the clamp to the pole. often people reinforce this with duct tape.
Put the hose clamps around the clamp and attach it to the pole. Then bam! You have a stick clip. Using the device is a bit more involved.
This article is awesome for people that want to hear a little bit more about how to stick clip the first bolt on a route
If you have any questions, one of the best hardware stores in the bay area is Papenhausen Hardware
, located in San Francisco. Karl Aguilar and Audrey Bodisco, both bone crushing rock climbers, will be able to help you out.
Touchstone blogger, James Lucas has been busy trying to stick clip the first bolt in Smith for a week. Unfortunately, the first bolt on his project is too high to clip. His next article is going to be about how to find a ropegun.
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