Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
Solo versus free climbing:
Free climbing is a bit of a misnomer. There is nothing free about it. They say its free climbing because the rope is only there in case you fall and that you are not being pulled up. But they will never know the accomplishment of listening to ones own thoughts, gagging ones own ability to succeed or fail, and knowing when to turn back and climb down till the day you know you can accomplish the unthinkable.
Here I am standing bottom left, doing belay for my friend Eric who is near top of the crack. See the rocks to my right all the way bottom right. Ouch! you wouldnt want to fall here. Maybe its why it took me so long to overcome my doubts. Ever since the first time I finaly solo climbed this I have never had to turn back once here.