The terrible moment when the protections pull out one after another in a fall. It may result in a grounder (worst case scenario) or in yellings of relief.
Grammatical category: n. / zipper out (v.)
Source of the definition: Explore Translations
The word in use. Examples
“I do a lot of trad climbing in Eldorado Springs, and just recently I have begun to notice how many climbers do not make their first placement multi-directional. Fortunately I have not seen anyone’s protection zipper out when they fall.”
Source of the example: Rock climbing
“To prevent a zipper, the first piece shoud be a cam or a set of opposed nuts that can handle a downward or outward tug (or even a sideways pull if the belayer is positioned to the side or if the pitch traverses.”
Source of the example: Rock climbing. Mastering basic skills. 2nd Edition.
Video of a “nice” zipper with happy ending.
Other languages (ES, FR, DE)
Spanish: cremallera. See Spanish definition
French: déboutonner (v.)
Source of terms in other languages:
Rock Creation Dictionary