I'm getting a headache trying to draw this out. Someone (Jim) help me with this question:
True or False? Blowing a clip while clipping above your head will generate a bigger fall than blowing a clip at your waist, if in both scenarios the last bolt is 4 feet below your feet. I'm not advocating climbing up to the higher bolt, then clipping at the waist, rather a well put together route might put the bolts at waist level at the clipping stances.
To further illustrate, you are at a stance 4 feet above your last bolt. If the bolt is at your waist, and you slip while clipping, you fall 8 feet. If you are at that same stance, and the bolt was placed 2 feet higher, you will introduce 4 feet of rope into the equation, lengthening your fall should you blow it while clipping.
How does clipping from the waist NOT decrease your length of fall during a clip.