CClaude wrote:For me solo'ing (rock/ice/mtns) is something I do because my mind is relaxed and I just want to move. I do have to say about 70% of the solo trips I attempt as I start up, I notice my mind isn't in the right place and I end up going for a hike instead.
Right now, I'm happier pushing myself and I know that I will more likely fall then not) so its not a time for soloing, but I go in cycles and I may go back to a period of time of soloing.
I think the bottom line is that people solo for different reasons, and not all of it represents self-destructive behavior. For me I find the intense focus meditative (similar to lane splitting on my motorcycle). It's one of the few times that my mind isn't filled with a whirlwind of thoughts. I also enjoy the speed and freedom of movement it affords.