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mountainrat


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Are these the same thing? If not, what are they, respectively? Thanks


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NOOOOOOOO!!!

These are DIFFERENT SERIOUS MISTAKES.

However, my english is not good enough to clearly explain both, so i will let some other to explain them accurately.

JUAN

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Hey Mountainrat,

Backclipping occurs when you clip the rope into a carabiner upside down. When you proceed higher, the rope twists the carabiner over and could result in the rope unclipping itself.

Z-clipping is hard to describe but usually happens when you place gear close together and clip a higher piece with a lower portion of the rope. The resulting path that the rope would take follows piece #1..#3..#2 and sort of forms a "Z" shape. As you move higher rope drag will probably stop you and piece #2 might lift out of place.

Did that make any sense?


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for a picture of backclipping click this link
http://www.climbing.com/Pages/rockcraft/Sport/sport_image_pages/sport-fig01.html


miagi


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Z-clip Clipping the highest point of protection with a section of rope pulled up from below the last piece you clipped. Halts upward progress.

Fishbait explained it well. Personally i havent seen anyone run into the Z clipping problem. If you grap the rope a few inches from your harness and pull it up through the draw you'll have no problem. As for backclipping it happens... Just make sure you double check as your passing the bolt.


joemor


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there was a really good explanation in the beginners forum a month ago... check it out


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Thanks, all btw, that link was excellent


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Yeah before sport climbing make sure you know the difference!!!!!


Trob


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I dont get how back clipping can apply to trad climb though. once you get a 2 foot sling on the gear, it doesnt matter if you backclip.

Clip On,
Jeremy


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Here's a good article, with photos:
http://www.altrec.com/published/climb/skills/backclipwhat/


madclimberboy


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All I can say is, they both stink!
(YES they're completely different, yet deadly!)


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