I sport climb, sometimes I solo its not about exposure its about feeling good on the rock. You don't need to see whats below just a dude that's relaxed with his environment.
Wow, next time I climb Castleton, I'm camping at the saddle! Haha, favorite part of the video by far.
@slcclimber. Sir/Madam you are talking total hogwash. Who cares if its safe. Or not. Who cares what the sport 'needs'. It needs what it gets. Who cares if it teaches kids anything at all. The sport doesn't need to be grown. It simply is. You miss the point entirely. Solo'ing is the pure essence of climbing and it has its obvious inherent risks which are accepted by those who partake. This subject has been talked at length on a myriad of blogs and forums and it won't change anything. People will do what they like to do.
How do you think he got down? He wasn't carrying a harness, and it is not so easy getting off the Rectory?
I think there is a reason why Alex freesolos cracks: they don't often flake off. I think Alex will live a long and healthy life and die of old age. He solos for the right reasons. He doesn't do it to impress, he does it to climb.
Everyone who is telling Alex to stop needs to shut up. Whatever you do in your life is up to you. Obviously his family would be sad, but they have obviously had that conversation before and they would at least know that he died doing what he loved, not decomposing in some retirement home staring blankly at the wall. But that's the american dream right!? If this is what makes him happy and fulfilled. Then let him be. You don't think that he knows he can die? It won't be "good for the sport?" Why is that? Alex, keep doing what you have to do. You are an inspiration.
I love to watch the beauty of his climbs but they would be just as beautiful
with protection. I want to see you climb many years, you can't ever be as
safe this way. We love you Alex.
Let's face reality here... Alex as good as he is (and he's done some incredible things in the sport) will die climbing... he can't control the environment and eventually will fall and DIE.... it's not good for the sport... it's not good for his family and it does a huge disservice to teach kids and others that free soloing is in any way safe or to be done by serious climbers. Safety is the name of the game in sport climbing... and we grow this sport by teaching others how to be safe and how to climb safely...
I think that's actually just Jim Halpert from the office.
@anotherclimber - all they need to do is watch this beautiful, but GRIPPING tale of a John Long and John Bachar free solo epic - http://climbingnarc.com/videos/the-only-blasphemy/
I agree with Josh.
Nice touch at the end, calling his mom. She's given some memorabilia to his hometown gym (Sacramento Pipeworks) and I know they're close.
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