by Lucas McDevitt
As we come to the end of summer and temperatures start to cool off (just a bit!), the outdoors becomes a bit more enticing. People start looking into quickdraws, ropes, bags, and everything else required for outdoor climbing. But the bigger question is, “How do I get my quickdraws on the wall for my project route?” Whether you are new to outdoor climbing or a seasoned veteran looking to get on a difficult climb, stick clips become your best friend. Having the peace of mind that you won’t deck before you clip your first clip gives a climber all the confidence to send those hard routes. Stocked in our pro shops are two options for climbers as stick clips.
The Trango Squid
The Trango Squid allows the climber the ability to clip quickdraws into the bolt, clip rope into a hanging quickdraw, and remove quickdraws from bolts, all from the safety of the ground! The Trango Squid is ultra-versatile, attaching to any standard painter’s pole allowing the climber to adjust the length with a simple attachment.
The Trango Beta Stick Evo
The Trango Beta Stick Evo comes in two collapsible sizes, standard (12ft) and Compact (8ft) allowing the climber to store the Beta Stick in either a carry-on or full-size luggage for those flight-taking climbing trips. The Beta Stick offers a similar range of abilities to the Squid, allowing the climber to clip quickdraws into bolts or ropes into quickdraws but lacking the ability to remove quickdraws from the wall. The other advantage of the Beta Stick is the attached carabiner hole, allowing the climber to bring the Beta Stick up the routes on those longer multi-pitch climbs and help protect the first bolt of the later pitches.
No matter which option you choose, know that you are in good hands with a stick clip and feel comfortable climbing to the next level!
Take advantage of Trango’s educational videos on how to utilize these stick clips at www.trango.com
Find the right gear for your outdoor climbing trip at our gear shop today!