Jan 1, 2007, 2:54 PM
Registered: Nov 1, 2002
I've heard you can hire mules to get your gear to the shoulder. Then you could ferry it to the base. You will need help getting it back down as well. You could hide half of it and make 2 carries. To keep your food away from bears, you would either have to keep it with you at all times, or lead a [partial?] steep pitch and haul it up out of reach of bears.
But Majid's advice is good - better to have a partner. Alternatively, pick a wall with a shorter approach.
Also, it is not a good sign that you are even asking this question. If you are soloing a wall, you should be able to figure this out, as you may need to figure other things out up on the wall. Similarly, your desire for 3 ropes (instead of 2) and the idea of possibly having your wife help carry your gear to the base are not good signs, either. Soloing walls is really for experienced climbers, and you get that experience by doing walls with a partner first (as Majid suggested). I suppose wall partners may be hard to come by in Kalispell, but you should be able to find a partner, either at Camp 4 or in advance by asking around. Soloing is very convenient for some things like learning to lead aid, and for toproping after work. It's not so good for doing Half Dome unless you know exactly what you are doing.
(This post was edited by clintcummins on Jan 1, 2007, 2:58 PM)