-DO NOT attempt any goals that are not well within your comfort zone and current climbing ability range for your first solo gig! Plan for a challenge that will lead you and end in a successful trip. This may entail something at least two grades below your current abilities.
-Leave a full itinerary with a topo map of your trip with someone close and then DO NOT deviate from it.
-Readdress your thought process to think positive things about the climb prior to your departure.
-On the approach and during the climb, focus on the task at hand and filter out any "noise" that is not condusive to your success. Remain confident, but, if during your climb, that sixth sense kicks in and tells you to back off because something just doesn't feel right... DO SO without any guilt!
-Have fun and stay alive... the rock/ice ain't going anywhere and you can always return another day to climb again!
Cy Kaicener wrote:This has been a bad year for climbing solo. Most of these did that
JC Lafaille, Jon Bachar, Jonny Copp, Wilco van Rooyen, Mike Reardon, Tomaz Humar, M Fait, Christian Kuntner, Inaki Ochoa de Olza, Go Mi Sun, Martin Minarik, Christine Boskoff, Piotr Morowski, Rob Gauntlett, Craig Leubben, Cyrill Reutger (dont remember if this was solo), Oscar Perez, Roby Piantoni RIP
ForeignTraveller wrote:"Solo climbing is like life; a mystery, unpredictable, risky, often dependent on chance, and somewhat illogical"
Stillman wrote:Peter Croft was once quoted as saying that he wouldn't solo anything he wasn't comfortable down-climbing, which has saved my ass on any number of occasions.
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