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jamesellis


Jul 18, 2006, 4:53 PM
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Would someone please explain soloing/self belay to me? I'm a total n00b to aiding, and I'm curious as to how this is done.


codhands


Jul 18, 2006, 5:14 PM
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tb69hikeclimb


Jul 18, 2006, 6:09 PM
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I would explain it to you but I vowed to never ever speak of the "incident".after my mother caught me "soloing"late one night all those years ago. just remember to always wash your hand when you are done.


Partner pbcowboy77


Jul 18, 2006, 6:50 PM
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If you try to use the search bar that the website gives you, you would find this

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=208244#208244


Partner oldsalt


Jul 18, 2006, 6:56 PM
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No offense to my friends here on rc.com, but you don't want to learn about soloing by reading it here. Read about it here to see if you want to try it, but learn to climb and gain experience before you do.

Good luck!


teth


Jul 19, 2006, 4:43 AM
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Enough of this ass chatter, and as one n00b to another, here is a useful post:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=329232#329232

Learn the knot and how to move it on the rope in your living room, then practice under controlled conditions until it is dialled, then you are good to go.

Teth

[Edit: Actually pbcowboy77's links is good too. Always best to read at least two versions though.]


ricardol


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nothing wrong with learning how to aid solo online --

i did it .. .worked fine


pindrvr75


Jul 20, 2006, 2:25 AM
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Soloing is a rather serious endeavor. Regardless of your decision, may I suggest that you research and incorporate the use of a screamer to your anchor placements and begin with the clove hitch self-belay. Choose a route that has a clean fall path, meaning no projecting features that you can break a leg on etc. Just as you have to learn to trust your rope and pro when beginning leading, you will have to learn to trust the same when soloing. Take a casual observer with you for your first few solos until you have it dialed.


mtnmia


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I recommend to do lots of aiding with a partner first! Aiding is pretty serious business, lots of tricks need to be learned. When I started soloing I bought a "silent partner", worked well for me. Good luck.


northernguide


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A fantastic way to step up your soloing commitment is to set up a fixed rope (say 11 mil) with bomber anchors at your local crag and try out a solo-top rope-aid style. It would work much like soloaidinging, but on a top rope with much more room for error. Obviously you would want to pick a route that would go clean if it's at your local crag, and try this after you are solid with aid techniques and progression and have aided with a partner several times. Most of my climbing is solo and I absolutely love it!

Best of luck!


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