Mark Sokol free soloing the...

Mark Sokol free soloing the Inwood Arete direct AKA "Ken's Old Lady" Photo by Phil Wortmann, August 24th, 2003.


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Andy - Aug 26, 2003 2:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice photo!

Welcome to SummitPost! You should submit this route on the Quandary page. I saw you posted the "Addition" to the Overview section, but Inwod Arete deserves to be posted as a route. You can post the route by clicking on the link on the left side of the Quandary page that says, "Add a Route". Anywho, welcome again to SummitPost and I enjoyed the photos you submitted. Good stuff!

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - Aug 26, 2003 10:57 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Nice photo!

Agreed! Submit the route. Quandary is much more than a walk up. It offers more variety than most easy 14ers and SP should reflect that. This is a FANTASTIC climbing picture!


xyati - Aug 27, 2003 1:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice photo!

Thank you for the comments! I have added the route to the website.



Diggler - Sep 29, 2003 3:22 pm - Hasn't voted

why all the weight?

Why carry a full rack and rope if free-soloing? Who was able to take your picture, also? Nice shot, by the way.


xyati - Nov 2, 2003 7:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: why all the weight?

When climbing in the mountains, you MUST always carry enough gear for emergencies. Though the rack was extremely light, a few cams, cordellete, some quick draws, and 50 ft of rope, it was sufficient for emergencies.

Free climbing is climbing a route without AIDE protection.

Soloing is climbing a route with no one else on the rope but you, i.e. self belay, OR climbing without using a rope and gear.

Our team, My partner and I, Simul-soloed the route.

The reasons for soloing are many, but in most cases, the choice to go without a rope is made in the interest of safety. Light and FAST is almost always better. In our case, we made the route in under 4 hours and beat out the lightning and thunderstortms that moved in on the summit. Had we tarried along placing pro, we would have been caught in severe weather.

Thank you for your comments, I hope I cleared up any questions you had.

Fred Spicker

Fred Spicker - Nov 2, 2003 8:27 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: why all the weight?

I totally agree on always having enough gear for emergencies - it is amazing how a storm can change an easy climb into a survival stituation.

I disagree with your definition of "solo". In my opinion, you were climbing "unroped". A way different game than truly solo. Like your gear for emergencies, you also had a partner along for emergencies. But, opinions differ on the definition - here is a thread with many points of view: Solo vs Unroped

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Nov 3, 2003 8:16 am - Voted 10/10

Re: why all the weight?

Check out his route description. He explains it there.


Diggler - Nov 3, 2003 12:20 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: why all the weight?

Thanks for the clarifications. Have fun & be safe!

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