Of course stick clipping is not only in the domain of sport climbing shenanigans. It's been known to find it's way up big walls, to help aid climbers avoid top stepping madness. These days the concept is so well entrenched you can buy prefabricated stick clips complete with telescopic poles. However, to improvise one, follow these steps:
Step 1: Find an appropriate length stick and tape a quickdraw to it's top as shown. (Sports tape is often found in a climber's arsenal, for taping finger injuries or creating a crack climbers glove. You can use band-aids in a pinch). Don't get carried away with the taping job, it needs to only just hold the draw.
Step 2: Using a small twig, with a Y shape at one end, force the gate open.
Step 3: Clip the rope through the lower crab as per normal, then reach up with the stick to clip to fixed protection. When you've tagged it, a quick yank should dislodge or snap the twig and tear away the tape. And there you have it, an instant top rope.
Of course not everyone may approve of the method. A certain ethical perspective overshadows these kinds of goings on, however, as long as you recognise it as a point of aid, and don't brag about a clean lead, you're unlikely to be bailed up by hex wielding grey beards. If you want to get a little more advanced (oh the shame), try using tent poles, wind-sock poles, window washing poles, or go buy something like the "Pika Reacher Stick".
Right: The "Epic Sport" Stick clip, available from most climbing shops. Far Right: The La Xriba from Sonoran Mountain Products.
Alternatively, there are devices on the market for the more serious stick clipper, such as the Epic Sport (pictured right), and the La Xriba (pictured far right), which, according to it's creator is "a stick clip device that not only puts the draws on, but is built to take them off and also has a mechanism for getting the rope into a hanging carabiner".
It is less complicated than people expect:
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