I like to call it a free solo rappel.
hikerguy0 wrote:Micheal Reardon must be part feline -- he clearly has nine lives. OK, now I'm going to get a little philosophical. God bless people with climbing skills and nerves of steel like that. I wonder, though, even with the skills and the nerve, is it worth it? One breaking rock, one muscle spasm, one anything, and you get to play sky diver -- with out a chute. To me that photo speaks of perhaps something not quite right. (Here I go pissing off the whole forum) I mean is that really fair to one's loved ones? Is it really sane to go unroped in that kind of exposure? It almost seems like he doesn't really believe he can die. This kind of climbing, unroped -- something tells me there's something wrong here. (maybe I'm just envious I can't climb like that) Seriously, when one doesn't take the very real possiblity of one's own demise seriously, isn't there something "off?"
It's all relative. You'd be surprised at how many people think climbing a mountain like Elbert is a death defying experience.
Thank god somebody invented the couch and the TV, so that people have something to do where they won't get hurt.
mainpeak, I don't think I've ever been on class 4 where I can downclimb facing forward. If I could, then it wouldn't be class 4.
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