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p8ntballsk8r


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I understand back clipping and how to prevent it.

My question is if I'm climbing up a crack/route where the bolts are on my right side, then the route moves to the right, farther than where the bolts were. Now the quickdraws are aligned as if they are backclipped, aren't they?

Another similar scenario is an overhang where you must go to the left side of the bolt on your way up, but once you are past the overhang, the route wanders to the right, over and past the bolt you just clipped.

I've looked down and seen what appeared to be a backclipped draw, however when I was climbing that part of the route, I did not backclip

Hopefully that description makes sense, please let me know if I'm wrong, missing something, or need to do something differently


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Neither of those situations result in a back clip. You may want to double check that you do in fact know what a back clip is, because it should be clear.

If you clip the rope and climb underneath the rope and out the other side, then you'd be backclipped.

Sounds to me like maybe you think back clipping is when you're climbing on the gated side of the rope-holding carabiner.


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Your understanding of backclipping might be a little off. What is your definition?


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There's a difference between backclipping and having the rope run over the gate. A backclipped draw has the rope going over the spine one the side that is outside of the rock face. In this seanerio the rope is pulled outward in a fall which in turn puts pressure on the gate causing it to open. Bad things come of this. A draw that has the rope coming up from betweed the rock face and the biner and goes left or right (over the spine or gate) is not "backclipped"


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You are correct, I was thinking any time the gate was facing outward would result in back clipping.

My definition, or better yet my way of avoiding back clipping is to always insure I'm clipping towards my body with the spine facing out.


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p8ntballsk8r wrote:
I understand back clipping . . .

No, you don't.

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[I]f I'm climbing up a crack/route where the bolts are on my right side, then the route moves to the right, farther than where the bolts were.

Another similar scenario is an overhang where you must go to the left side of the bolt on your way up, but once you are past the overhang, the route wanders to the right, over and past the bolt you just clipped.

In those situations, you have several choices:
  1. Use a draw with locking biners.
  2. Put two draws on the bolt, with gates facing opposite directions.
  3. Stop worrying.
Jay


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p8ntballsk8r wrote:
You are correct, I was thinking any time the gate was facing outward would result in back clipping.

My definition, or better yet my way of avoiding back clipping is to always insure I'm clipping towards my body with the spine facing out.

Your idea of back clipping is incorrect. You should probably tell whoever taught you and whoever you taught that it is incorrect.


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spikeddem wrote:
p8ntballsk8r wrote:
You are correct, I was thinking any time the gate was facing outward would result in back clipping.

My definition, or better yet my way of avoiding back clipping is to always insure I'm clipping towards my body with the spine facing out.

Your idea of back clipping is incorrect. You should probably tell whoever taught you and whoever you taught that it is incorrect.

Will do. Doesn't back clipping just look horribly wrong and the draw is twisted? I know I've done it a couple times and could immediately tell it wasn't right.

Can someone explain how my idea is wrong? i was taught to clip away from the rocks and towards my body instead of away from my body and toward the rocks.
Now just out of habit it feels wrong to clip the other way


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i always have a tough time explaining backclipping without showing someone.

did an image search and found a very nice pic @ the following page: http://www.spadout.com/w/quickdraw/

regarding your question (or my interpretation of it), the problem you're worried about is climbing on the gate side instead of spine side, and the answer has been supplied by jay (jt512).

in my opinion, the easiest solution is to look at where you're headed (rather than where you are) when hanging your draw and orient the gate/spine accordingly.


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p8ntballsk8r wrote:
spikeddem wrote:
p8ntballsk8r wrote:
You are correct, I was thinking any time the gate was facing outward would result in back clipping.

My definition, or better yet my way of avoiding back clipping is to always insure I'm clipping towards my body with the spine facing out.

Your idea of back clipping is incorrect. You should probably tell whoever taught you and whoever you taught that it is incorrect.

Will do. Doesn't back clipping just look horribly wrong and the draw is twisted? I know I've done it a couple times and could immediately tell it wasn't right.

Can someone explain how my idea is wrong? i was taught to clip away from the rocks and towards my body instead of away from my body and toward the rocks.
Now just out of habit it feels wrong to clip the other way
When people teach to clip away from the rock and towards the body, they are referring to the orientation of the rope, not the biner. The biner and its gate should be in a flat orientation to the rock, and the rope should run under the biner, through, and then out to your tie in, regardless of the orientation of the gate on the biner.


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As simply as I can put it, when you clip the rope needs to go from your harness, into the draw, and down to the ground.

If it goes to the wall, and back out the draw to you before it goes down you're back clipped.


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I found these in about 10 seconds...






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Another danger of backclipping that is seldom shown in the admonitions against it is that it increases chances of the biner being lifted up, carrying the quickdraw with it. This can result in the bolt end biner getting caught up in the hanger along it's back or it's gate, increasing the chances of failure there.


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When using extendable slings rather than short dogbones, the sling can become twisted giving the climber a false perception of whether or not it is back clipped.

Example: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rad/Arch_115272.html

In the linked photo, the length of sling away from the rock is twisted and seems to be a potential back clip. Is it generally considered safe to clip according to how the rope end draw is naturally hanging and give less concerned to the twisted sling?


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acorneau wrote:
I found these in about 10 seconds...

[image]http://www.greatoutdoors.com/files/imagecache/display/files/images/articles/backclip2.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.greatoutdoors.com/files/imagecache/display/files/images/articles/backclip1.jpg[/image]

So much WIN in this post!


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dbogardus wrote:
When using extendable slings rather than short dogbones, the sling can become twisted giving the climber a false perception of whether or not it is back clipped.

Example: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rad/Arch_115272.html

In the linked photo, the length of sling away from the rock is twisted and seems to be a potential back clip. Is it generally considered safe to clip according to how the rope end draw is naturally hanging and give less concerned to the twisted sling?

I don't really care if I am backclipping long slings, especially if they are the skinny dyneema kind.


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Considering back clipping is one of the first things you should learn to prevent, I don't understand why you'd "not care".

Does the tendency of the biner to twist actually decrease the likelihood of the rope unclipping?


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dbogardus wrote:
When using extendable slings rather than short dogbones, the sling can become twisted giving the climber a false perception of whether or not it is back clipped.

Example: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rad/Arch_115272.html

In the linked photo, the length of sling away from the rock is twisted and seems to be a potential back clip. Is it generally considered safe to clip according to how the rope end draw is naturally hanging and give less concerned to the twisted sling?

I would not worry too much about it. Even if you backclip a two foot sling, the chance of it coming unclipped on a fall is extremely remote. Even the chance of a draw coming unclipped on a backclipped fall is rather low. But the reason why itís possible for a draw to come uncliped in the first place is because sport draws are generally rather stiff, very short, and have some mechanism to hold the bottom biner in place which allows pressure from the rope to open the gate. With a two foot sling it would be hard to unclip the biner on a backclipped fall as the sling would likely just twist around 180 degrees if the rope caught the back side of the biner on a fall. The mechanism to hold the biner in place long enough for the rope to unclip itself on a two foot sling is simply not there. The draw is too long and the biner is not held in place which allows it to flop around at will. That said, I still would not recommend backclipping slings but if you did backclip one in some desperate clip, I woulden't write home about it.


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dbogardus wrote:
Considering back clipping is one of the first things you should learn to prevent, I don't understand why you'd "not care".

Does the tendency of the biner to twist actually decrease the likelihood of the rope unclipping?

It's one of the first things as a sport climber. Trad climbers have not considered it very important because they use longer, flexible slings. It's as USN says. If the biner is held by a stiff sling backclipping is a concern. If the biner can move, it is much less of one.


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p8ntballsk8r wrote:
I understand back clipping and how to prevent it.

My question is if I'm climbing up a crack/route where the bolts are on my right side, then the route moves to the right, farther than where the bolts were. Now the quickdraws are aligned as if they are backclipped, aren't they?

Another similar scenario is an overhang where you must go to the left side of the bolt on your way up, but once you are past the overhang, the route wanders to the right, over and past the bolt you just clipped.

I've looked down and seen what appeared to be a backclipped draw, however when I was climbing that part of the route, I did not backclip

Hopefully that description makes sense, please let me know if I'm wrong, missing something, or need to do something differently

So has anybody every fallen on a back clipped draw and had the rope unclip? USA climbing comps allow climbers to backclip so some people think it is not particularly risky...


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These two stories come to mind...
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...%20unclipped;#900147
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...20unclipped;#1273990


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gosharks wrote:
I don't really care if I am backclipping long slings, especially if they are the skinny dyneema kind.

I'm with you here. I clip them as they hang unless there's something obviously wrong with it like the way it's laying in a corner or the gate is more prone to hang on something. Then I just twist it the other way. If I'm really concerned then I flip the rope side biner over on my long slings (not that it always stays, but it makes me feel better.)


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cruxstacean wrote:
So has anybody every fallen on a back clipped draw and had the rope unclip? USA climbing comps allow climbers to backclip so some people think it is not particularly risky...

I have seen a draw rotate up & lodge in the bolt hanger so that all the force would lever the biner over the hanger - quite likely causing it to fail should the climber have fallen.

So, no, I've been lucky enough to not see someone unclip from this. I have seen a frightening potential from backclipping.


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acorneau wrote:
I found these in about 10 seconds...

[image]http://www.greatoutdoors.com/files/imagecache/display/files/images/articles/backclip2.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.greatoutdoors.com/files/imagecache/display/files/images/articles/backclip1.jpg[/image]

Actually, I think those pictures are exactly the reason p8ntballsk8r and other gumbies get it wrong. They look at the pictures, and see "if rope goes over the spine = ok, if over the gate = backclip!". Petzl's picture keeps it simple and clear for even the most noob of noobs.
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Always try to forward clip.

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