In this gym lead climbing video, we review the importance of avoiding “back-clipping”.
As part of proper rope clipping technique, the lead climber’s end of the rope is always clipped away from the wall, while the belayer’s end of the rope is on the inside of the wall. This offers the leader a clean fall path, away from the wall.
“Back-clipping” occurs when the lead climber’s end of the rope is clipped on the inside of the wall, and the belayer’s end of the rope on the outside. This creates potential for an un-clipping to occur (see demonstration in the video above).
So remember: when clipping into a quickdraw, always keep the climber’s end of the rope on the outside of the wall.
We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!
Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.