Have you ever wanted to try a sport climbing route, but you didn’t want to fall because up to the first bolt just seemed a little too risky? Have you ever wanted to build your own stick clip, but either thought it would be too expensive, or you were not sure how to really go about it?
Building A Stick Clip Is Simple
The basics of building a stick clip are quite easy. First you start with a rigid pole that can support the weight of your quickdraw. You could use a painter’s pole, trekking pole, or an old stick lying around. The key is that you need to be able to detach your quickdraw from the pole simply by pulling on the pole when you have attached the quickdraw to the bolt.
You will want your pole to be 8-12′ long. This makes an ideal length to be able to reach the first bolt of a climb. 8′ will get most sport routes, but there will be some routes where the first bolt is out of reach. If you can take on the extra weight, get a 12′ pole and then you have no reason to worry.
Here is what you will need:
- Rigid pole, such as a painter’s pole. ($15-$25)
- Spring clamp with a fairly stiff spring ($5)
- Two hose clamps ($2 a piece)
- Slot headed screw driver
- Total Cost depending on length: ($22 – $32)
Open the hose clamps all the way. Ensure that you have gotten hose clamps that have a large enough expansion range that they will be able to fit over your pole, plus an arm of the spring clamp. Feed the hose clamps over one arm of the spring clamp, and then over the pole. Ensure that the spacing on the hose clamps is sufficient that your spring clamp will not spin. Tighten the hose clamps until they are snug. You should get the below result.
But What If I Don’t Want To Spend Money On A Stick Clip?
The truth is, you will have to spend a little bit of money regardless. The above stick clip is an amazing option if you are looking for something that you are going to keep around for a while. If you just find you get stuck every now and again wanting a stick clip, the following option will do.
- Pack a roll of duct tape
- Duct tape your quickdraw to the end of a stick of sufficient length
Make sure that the duct tape is somewhat loose, otherwise your stick will break on the quickdraw. There is a bit of a fine art to getting the right tension on this. You do not want the quickdraw to spin, but you also do not want the stick to interfere with your climb. Above all, please pack your used duct tape out.
As an added bonus, I have attached the GoPro Roll Bar Mount to the end of my stick clip to double as a camera boom. In this case I have used a 16′ long painters pole, with four adjustable sections. In my opinion, if you were using this just as a stick clip, then 8-12′ is long enough. My setup was a little bit more expensive, and is quite a bit heavier than your shorter variety.
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