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How To Clean a Quickdraw With a Stick Clip

Author: Ronnie Jenkins

October 07, 2013

Sometimes the first bolt is the toughest—to clean, that is. After an afternoon of projecting a steep sport route, when you’re totally spent, climbing up to pull the draw off that first bolt is the last thing you want to do. But a stick clip can help. Here are some simple steps to help you clean the first draw efficiently by using a stick clip.

Step 1: 
Find or make a stick clip with a clamp on the end. You can find instructions for making your own stick clip online, for example, at

Step 2: 
Find a small rock to wedge into the clamp it hold it open.

Step 3: 
Aim your propped-open clamp for the gate of the carabiner that’s attached to the bolt and push.

Step 4
: Once you have the gate in between the clamp, start to rotate the stick clip away from the bolt. The draw will then rotate out of the bolt.

Ronnie Jenkins

Ronnie Jenkins started climbing while rehabbing a hand he broke in a gymnastics competition. Needless to say, he was hooked. Fourteen years later he’s still climbing, and his love for the sport has taken him across the US and Europe. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, where he cut his teeth on Southern Sandston – “Best rock on the planet” —
Ronnie now lives in Redlands, CA, where he works at the headquarters of Five Ten and gets shut down at J-Tree slabs. But still as the saying goes “You can take the boy out of the south but you can’t take the South out of the boy”.
Ronnie requires a cup of coffee in the morning—and maybe an apple fritter—to get the day started. He’s lately revealed a passion for Gossip Girl thanks to his lovely Fiancée, Ashley.