How to Clip the Rope into a High First Bolt Without a Stick Clip

Last Updated on: 31st March 2023, 10:57 am

Is there a quickdraw on a high first bolt that you want to clip, but you don’t have a stick clip? Then you’d better learn about this handy-dandy rope trick.

You grab a long bight of rope and than twirl it, lasso style, close to the gate of the bottom biner on the quickdraw. Aim the twirling end of the rope closer and closer to the gate and the force of the loop of rope hitting the gate will force it open. The bight of rope will pass through and come to rest in the basket of the carabiner, just like you want it to.

Below is a GIF (from this video by Rock & Ice) that shows the process. It’s about 2 MB in size, so you might have to be patient for it to load.

The rope clipping trick
The stick clip-less rope clipping trick

This isn’t an easy thing to pull off, but it definitely can be done. Give it a try the next time you’re out sport climbing and see if you can snag that bottom carabiner.

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