We usually like to take our chances with a high first bolt (so long as our spotter-cum-belayer isn’t a complete dolt), but after testing the Kailas Clip-Up Stick Clip at the crag recently, we’ll be adding it to our sport rack for those moments when we’d rather avoid the nerves of white-knuckling seven feet off the ground without a rope.
Made of aluminum and weighing just over nine ounces, the Kailas Clip-Up measures just 1 foot 8 inches folded up, so fits in a daypack. Fully extended it measures almost 7 feet 2 inches, so it reaches a good way up the wall.
The nifty thing about the Clip-Up is its dual-functionality (while still remaining simple and easy to use). The spring-loaded clip at the end of the stick can either snugly hold the bolt-side carabiner of a quickdraw open, allowing you to hang an already clipped draw to the first bolt, or hold a bight of rope so that you can pull it through the rope-side carabiner of an already-hung draw. (See diagrams below).
Rather than rely on a telescoping design for the pole (you know, those twist-and-extend type mechanisms often employed in hiking poles that seem to inevitably break after a few uses), Kailas opted for a foldable, segmented, tentpole-style design, with a nylon cord down the middle to pull tight at one end and secure the segments in place.
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