/ Thoughts on Big Wall soloing?
Free soloing, or just "on your own" climbing?
free soloing, no ropes or gear
Well, there are some relatively easy ones, I'd like to solo Espolon Centrale if I lived on the right continent, certainly couldn't be arsed to pitch it.
The solo of the Brandler Hasse impressed me, a mere 17 pitches, but Huber spent a good deal of time chalking bad holds before he went for it. Certainly more variables than soloing something solid.
But you can't help but wonder at the size of Honnold's balls.
Billy no mates
or perhaps some of Ueli Steck (sp?) such as
and many more impressive big climbs to boot.
I suppose it can be a problem defining close to the edge - because everyone's "edge" is different
Yes but, as a whole the perception of 'the edge' is shared by 99.99% of the population, those who don't perceive these risks as others do are the ones who toe the line..i think anyway
sorry I don't agree that 99.99% of the population have the same view of what "the edge" is - that is exactly the point I was making - we don't all share the same perception, not even closely.
For what it's worth, I agree that it sounds about as 'close to the edge' as one can be (within reason).
In a similar vein to Huber on the Brandler Hasse I think Hansjorg Auer's solo of The Fisch is pretty impressive. 850m, 7b+...
Agreed, Most of the holds on the Brandler Hasse (especially the crux pitches) are positive which means if you have 9a sport ability (like Huber) i'm sure he could just pull harder to get out of trouble. The Fish, i believe, is a technical 7b slab, I think Hansjorg Auer had never climbed the crux pitch clean before his solo (may be wrong). The BH may feel more exposed due to its ridiculously overhanging nature so could pose more mental challenges. Both very impressive ascents in my opinion, but the Fish may just be that bit more.
really? because a lot of big wall soloist seem to carry a little aid gear for certain routes. even honnold himself has claimed free solo with a little gear. Surely solo simply means alone, and in America free means trad
Soloing hard winter/alpine & routes in the greater ranges has always left me more in awe than solo big wall routes.
Although some of the stuff Honold does blows my mind!
Thoughts on Big Wall soloing? Mine tend to be; "F**k that for a game of soldiers."
I'm not sure free = trad to an American. I think they would use free to mean "not aid".
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