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By Rajiv Ayyangar
From Portland, ME
Jan 20, 2012
Cut! Sadly my flash attempt met with dismal pump-failure two bolts later.
Off the top of my head, the most common methods are:

Gate-In:
-Snap-clip (pinch between thumb and index, use middle finger to steady draw)

Gate-Out:
-Index-finger
-Scissor: pinch between index and middle fingers

Less common methods are:

Gate-In:
-Thumb clip (Dave Graham, Adam Ondra)
-Spock clip: thumb clip, pinch dogbone between index and middle finger. (Patxi)
-The Adam Taylor: Set up as if for a snap-clip, but instead of middle finger, use ring finger on opposite side of the biner.

Gate-Out:
-Reverse Thumb (approach the draw from the back instead of the front).
-Reverse Spock

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Lately I've been doing mostly Snap clips and Scissors, reserving the Spock for awkward clips (it's slower but less error-prone). However after watching the Ondra video, I'm convinced that a standard Thumb clip can be the fastest and most efficient (your hand is relaxed)... with enough practice that is.

What's your clipping arsenal, and what's your reasoning (pro's and con's)?


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By Jeff J
From Bozeman
Jan 20, 2012


Go, climb after you clip thousands of biners you will figure out what works best for you and you will just do with out realizing, it will be come fast and instinctual.

I have cliped using every one of those techniques, evan the ugly hold the draw in one hand and clip with the other hand method. I feel that I use the gate faceing me and using my thumb to drop the rope throught the gate most often. ITs fast and efficient. I have also used gate faceing me clip the rope then bring the draw to the hanger next technique.

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By Loren Tragen
From Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 7, 2012
Nameless boulder on the edge of the Holy Boulders area in SoIll.
Clipping Methods

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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Feb 7, 2012
You stay away from mah pig!
I can honestly say that I have no idea how I clip draws.

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By Will S
From Joshua Tree
Feb 7, 2012
It puts the lotion...I mean the rope..in the basket, or it GETS THE HOSE!

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By Eamon Doyle
From Sierra Madre, CA
Apr 5, 2012
Headshot
You forgot "nudge the snagged rope into the biner with your chin." I use that one a lot...

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By Woodchuck ATC
Apr 5, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008
2 handed method on easy low angle trad'. For sport, whatever hand works in any way depending on where the biner is swinging about wildly out of sync with my hand.

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By slk
From Reno, NV
Aug 29, 2012
me
Is this for real?

Stupid thread.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2012
Bocan
David Sahalie wrote:
i prefer the one that gets the rope in the carabiner


yah..I'd love to say that I'm such a hardcore climber that it matters but I have two preferred methods.

1 - The kind that gets the rope in the basket
2 - The kind that ISN'T back clipped

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By Unassigned User
Aug 29, 2012
I commonly due the desperate clip, look down, STUPID!, backclipped, unclip, reclip. As you can tell this takes a lot of energy so I do not recommend it.

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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Aug 29, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
Clipping Methods
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This dude needs to check his knot. Dangerous stuff there.

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By Mike
From Phoenix
Aug 29, 2012
Doing the jump-across off The Mace.  I never get tired of this climb.  Photo by Wednesday Hugus.
David Sahalie wrote:
i prefer the one that gets the rope in the carabiner


+1. Most people eventually develop several ways to clip, and (without thinking about it) use whichever method works for the situation. It's generally not something one wants to think about while cruxing.

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By Jeremy Hand
Aug 29, 2012
slopey
double z clip using my thumb and pinky

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By caughtinside
From Oakland CA
Aug 29, 2012
I prefer the ham fist clip. From both sides.

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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Aug 29, 2012
Mathematical!
I generally spock clip or birdy clip (snap-clip).

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Aug 29, 2012
Bocan
J Hazard wrote:
I commonly due the desperate clip, look down, STUPID!, backclipped, unclip, reclip. As you can tell this takes a lot of energy so I do not recommend it.


HAHA!! Not ashamed to admit I've don'e that countless times.

Don't forget to add muttering "shit" under your breath.

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By redlude97
Aug 29, 2012
I prefer to rodeo clip so I don't have to climb above a bolt.

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By Jim Titt
From Germany
Aug 29, 2012
Draw in bolt, rope in draw. Is there another way?

Remembered the other way. Draw in clipstick, rope in draw, draw in bolt.

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By Rajiv Ayyangar
From Portland, ME
Aug 31, 2012
Cut! Sadly my flash attempt met with dismal pump-failure two bolts later.
Taylor Ogden wrote:
I generally spock clip or birdy clip (snap-clip).


What do you think are the advantages/disadvantages to each? Are there certain situations where you prefer one over the other?

I've moved towards the thumb-clip and scissor for most clips, but I've been encountering awkward clipping situations where the snap-clip, basic index-finger clip (pinch clip), or even a reverse-snap-clip seems best.

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By Jim Amidon
Aug 31, 2012
J TREE
WOW........

You never know what is going to pop up on this forum.......

Hmmm lets see do I tie my shoes from the left or right......


Hmm do a trance dance before putting on my harness....


REALLY........


Clipping comes naturally like the other poster said.......


DO it enough you don't even think about it.......

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