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Climbing Without a Rope is Crazy

April 8, 2009

Tom Markiewicz –author of All Climbing— posted two videos of Steph Davis free soloing (climbing with no safety protection). Personally, I think free soloing is stupid; there is so much to lose if you fall.

If you are maimed, your climbing career might be over. You could even end up like Derek Hershey, who plummeted to his death off Sentinel Rock in Yosemite National Park.

After watching those two videos of Davis, it seems that free soloing is more about conquering with your mind than with your body; it almost has a spiritual tone.

Bob Culp, a free soloer in Colorado, sums up why he risks it all.

For me, right now, it’s that you have the most freedom of any way of climbing. You’re not burdened by any equipment. It’s just your shoes, you and the rock. And the fact that you can move quickly on the rock is very exhilarating.

It’s still insane.

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