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by Andrew Tower
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Stop stick clipping sport climbs  

A clever climbing cowboy realized some time ago that he could avoid hazardous soloing to a preclipped first bolt if he just “lassoed” the hanging quickdraw.

Instant toprope—without looking like a stick-clipping ninny. The “rodeo clip” is simple enough in theory and very stylish, but if this is your first rodeo, I advise practicing when no one else is around. Here’s the method:
Rock Climbing Photo: Rodeo clipping by Jamie Givens

Rodeo clipping
by Jamie Givens

  • Form a bight in the lead rope a few inches longer than your outstretched arm.
  • Position yourself facing the rock, below the first draw. The lower biner must be hanging free from the rock.
  • Swing the bight airplane-propeller style, parallel to the rock and clockwise if the biner gate is facing left, counterclockwise if it’s facing right.
  • Gradually add rope to make increasingly larger circles, zeroing in on the biner’s gate.
  • Make your move: extend your arm slightly so the bight crisply hits the gate, popping the rope into the draw.

Make sure before climbing that you’re not back-clipped, with the shorter tie-in side of the rope facing in toward the rock; if you are, pull the rope and start over. Or, if the above exercise took you half an hour, simply pull the rope through the draw until the tie-in side is correctly facing out.

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Comments on Rodeo Clipping Add Comment
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 7, 2014
dont limit the rodeo clip for the first clip! as a last resort to get through an impasse, with some ambition you can rodeo mid route.. clip in direct and go for it.
By Jake C
Mar 15, 2016
Clever.... but how does the draw get into the bolt in the first place?
By Kevin MP
From: Redmond, OR
Apr 13, 2016
Fixed draw? Project? You suckered your buddy into climbing first and hanging the draws for you?

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