QUICK FIXES FOR COMMON CLIMBER PROBLEMS
Caffeine- a- holic? On summer days, l eave a glass or metal bottle of coffee i n your car. I t will be hot and ready to drink when you finish climbing. —KEES NYSSEN
When your headlamp is dead, climbing tape wrapped around a big stick and lit with a lighter can provide hours of emergency light. The adhesive burns slow and bright, and the fabric holds together even while burning. Bonus: Add twigs or stones for airflow—the more gaps you have, the brighter and quicker it burns. —JONATHAN TRITES
For a faster transition on multi- pitch climbs, i f you’re top- belaying someone with an ATC i n guide mode and are swinging l eads, simply put them on belay with a Grigri and then remove the ATC, setting them up to l ead the next pitch. — AARON JOSEPHS
If you struggle with clipping fluidly, hang a draw from the rearview mirror in your car and clip a sling into it. Any time you’re stuck at a red light, unclip and reclip the sling onehanded like you would with a rope, switching hands each time. When you reach your destination, change the direction of the quickdraw and practice some more. I used this method when I was learning to lead, and then again when I go t started on more difficult stuff and found myself struggling to clip smoothly from smaller holds. —JAKE TANCER
Eco- friendly, gluten- free stick clip: Loop the top eye of your dogbone over the end of a decently long stick, broken to be about as thick as your thumb at the end, and then use an 1.5” twig to keep your biner gate sprung open. Keep the rope taut to keep the open carabiner upright in case the fit isn’t great. — DENIS LOGINOWSKI GOT AN AMAZING QUICK CLIP? Send it our way at letters@ climbing. com; the best tip as selected by us in the next issue will win a pair of Belay Glasses from Belay Optics!