I saw this a few times, years ago

I met some guys who were top roping next to us in Jackson Falls, IL 25 years ago who showed us a method of retrieving your top carabiner(s) when you were done top roping.

They attached the rope to the 'biner in a strange way AND I seem to remember some para-cord being used to pull on and the 'biner would just 'unsnap' from the anchor and come down, on the rope maybe?

Does someone recognize what I'm describing?

I also recall the method as being a bit unsafe and never used it, therefore my imprecise description of the practice.

  • Were they top roping off a big tree or boulder? Texas rope trick won't work when using hanger anchors. Sep 10, 2016 at 14:08
  • Hanger anchors.
    – Citizen
    Sep 10, 2016 at 15:56
  • Did they need to do anything before retrieving it? Or were they able to top rope and then immediately retrieve the rope without modification? Sep 18, 2016 at 16:54

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I believe that what you are referring to is called the "Texas Rope Trick". I hope that it's obvious that this is an incredibly risky idea and that you are better off just leaving the carabiner.


Here is a collection of retrieval methods, some including carabiners. Perhaps looking through here will job your memory.


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    Unless I misunderstood the original question, they were top roping off it first? These look like rappel+retrieve methods which may not match OP's story Sep 18, 2016 at 16:53

You might be referring to this. The gray line would be the paracord / accessory cord and the blue line would be the rope.

You might be referring to this

I guess this might not be it since you never want to thread your rope directly through an anchor.

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