Clipstick

A clipstick is a pole with a wiregate karabiner connected to it. It is used in sport climbing and considered by some as a form of cheating (although it makes perfect sense to us here at Climbing Explained, especially when starting out). A clipstick is used to clip the rope into the first quickdraw on a sprt route, there by reducing the impact of a fall before the climber has been able to clip into the first bolt.