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Dec 14, 2012, 1:47 AM

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Re: [healyje] Solo Climbing
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Firstly thanks to all for taking the time to reply, I appreciate everyone making the effort to help.

I'll try to cover a few things that have come up in the answers. First Janelle, your reply was very timely and much appreciated. While I live in Sydney, I typically spend at least one day a week in Perth and have indeed just arrived back here now. I stay in East Perth and was intending to visit a gym in the city this trip. Without a car getting out to you may be a little tricky, but I've been looking for gyms with auto-belays so I'm very grateful for you telling me you have some. Unfortunately lobbing up to a small gym alone (especially if it's quiet, as it typically is at the times I climb) provides no guarantee whatsoever that I'll actually be able to climb, and it's been a source of some frustration until now. Yes I can, and do, boulder in those cases. However it needs to be considered exactly why I'm going down this path; it's in order to climb big MF mountains, not to boulder per se.

The course I'm hoping to attend is run by the Australian School of Mountaineering and is a 4 day course. Hopefully this link works, if not it is listed as "Rock III" It's simply a question of trying to arrange time off work that coincides with the course dates. So far that hasn't been easy, so will now just have to hope for February.

I very much doubt I'd take rope and all the equipment required to TR at a crag while away. I have my shoes, harness, and chalk bag with me, and that's about the extent I'll go to, so gym it is while away and that's just fine. It's when I'm back home that I'm thinking of, eg realising I have an afternoon free for example and going out at short notice. I live in Sydney's north, so it's not far to go, maybe 10 minutes by car.

Healyje, yes I am very receptive to your comments and appreciate you taking the time to pass them on. Reading through the replies it's clear there are different opinions on this and I would be more concerned if I received casual advice to "go for it, what could possibly go wrong!" Compared to the well considered opinions thus far. Without being dismissive of the dangers, much (of the little) I've learnt so far seems to come down to reasonable common sense, mechanical aptitude, a strong sense of awareness of true redundancy. Two of those points I've already covered, and while not a tertiary qualified engineer, I have a very well equipped machine shop at home and a strong interest in mechanical engineering. It seems it's now a process of joining the dots up with some good climbing tuition, listening to advice, occasionally asking questions, and of course simply experience. Hopefully that experience will come from being with experienced climbers, but I'd also like the opportunity to be able to do things again by myself, rehashing what I've learnt until it becomes second nature. At this stage I honestly have no great interest in "learning moves", and it all comes back to my end goal and why I'm trying to go down this path in the first place. I'm not about to do some funky dyno move at 22,000 ft in mountaineering boots, crampons, a down suit, and a 15 kg pack on my back! On the other hand I would like to be 100% comfortable, to the point it's second nature, changing ropes, clipping safetys, etc etc. Not at all difficult stuff at sea level, but even I've now learnt that it's a whole different matter when there's 1/3rd the oxygen and my brain capacity is reduced to that of a 3 year old. Even the crappy "climb" I just did would have resulted in a fall of ... pick a number, 3, 4, 5 thousand feet? I tried to post a picture it didn't seem to work. Anyway, I have no idea how far, certainly many thousands of feet down the West Face. Before I get any more technical in my ambitions I really want to spend time rigging and "hanging from" ropes and equipment. Even if it's just for peace of mind that what somebody has rigged for me is indeed safe.

Hopefully that gives a better idea of where I'm coming from, and what I'm hoping to achieve. While bouldering, climbing etc are great activities I enjoy, they're also a means to a further goal.


Edit: Yay, the picture worked! Even though we didn't climb this face, indeed the actual rope assisted climb we did was quite short, it was over the top of this face. Any equipment failure or bad f/up would have seen me at the bottom of it. It was an eye opening experience, and when I returned to Australia had me convinced that, even on guided climbs, I wanted to be more knowledgeable and comfortable with climbing equipment and skills.

(This post was edited by PeteF on Dec 14, 2012, 2:31 PM)

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