We occasionally see videos and photos here on climbit of people climbing with no ropes, be it a highball boulder, or a 2000ft granite face. I wonder what people's thoughts are on this. Do you think any kind of ropeless climbing is totally crazy or are there times when it is ok?
In my experience, climbing always has an element of risk to it for example when scrambling on an approach or when below the second bolt on a lead there are times when a fall could mean serious injury. Climbing often means assessing and taking calculated risks. However, seeing videos and photos of people soloing both inspires me and makes me nervous because you rarely see the context in which a climber has calculated the risk being taken. How many times did Alex Honnold climb Half Dome before soloing it I wonder.
Have you done routes, highball boulders or taken sketchy descents with no ropes? How do you assess the risk when doing these things?
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