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briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
Credit: briham89

As much as the thing scared the crap out of me when I first got it (and it still kind of does), I'm finally starting to really enjoy using it. The freedom it gives you is really unreal. No more flaky partners and you get to enjoy special places and climbs solo, which adds a whole different experience.

I'm hoping now that I have more trust in it and my solo systems down, that this will be a big year for solo walls for me (at least big by my small standards haha).

Post up some of your own shots of using your Silent Partner! I know Norwegian and eKat must have a lot. Anyone else have solo wall dreams for this season?
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
MAN. . . I wish all of our R&D photos were digital so I could post 'em up. That was one heck of ride . . . here's one that has been scanned:

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briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
Nice!!! I'm sure you have stacks of great shots. Thanks for the awesome product
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
F*#k silent partners!

I like living, breathing, heart beating ones that belay and lead and crack jokes about yer mom.

No offense eKatYouKnowILoveYouMomma
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:08pm PT
Funny. . . Bridwell was at our place in Mammoth, shortly after our "Do It Yourself Patent" had actually worked. . . and he sat on our front deck totally checkin' out the Silent Partner . . . then quietly looked up at me and said. . . "IT NEEDS TO SCREAM ENCOURAGING REMARKS!"

:-)

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
A N D. . . bri. . . YES. . . we've got killer photos. . . some of the initial testing was done with Tamarack Lodge's CASE front end loader - right on the banks of Middle Twin Lake . . MAN. . . I think back on that and LAUGH OUT LOUD. Nothin' like breaking 11 mm climbing rope with a loader to make your day. . . week. . . month. . . YEAR!

:-)
Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Great photo, Kath... love the look in his eyes.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 03:13pm PT
^^that's wild eKat!!!
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
Thanks in advance for my friend eKatSilentMomma forgiving me for my overly smart mouth/keyboard.... (insert sheepish grin here)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Some other really neat photos are of the FIRST one day solo of The Nose by Steve Schneider. There aren't many and the ones we have really aren't that good, but. . . they're frikken HISTORIC, to say the least!

Funny. . . I've been on a purging rampage lately. . . and one ominous hurdle is an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tub FULL of slides that I'm gonna sort and Blanchard's gonna scan. . . when that has actually come to fruition, I'll post up some stuff. . . if indeed we come across anything worth posting.

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
I love you, FarmerBruce. . . you can say whatever you want!

:-)
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
"this will be a big year for solo walls for me."

So what's the plan, Stan?
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
So what's the plan, Stan?

Well...I guess big is relative, since I have yet to actually solo a wall. Either The Prow or West Face of Leaning Tower are my first choices, and then if I'm still feeling high and mighty jump on Lurking Fear or Zodiac, and see what happens after that...it's all easy when you are sitting on the couch typing and looking at topos.

So by Valley standards, not big at all, but big for me at this point.

Any sage advice you can pass on Pete?
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Any sage advice you can pass on Pete?


Get a partner that talks. Or, GOOD LUCK!!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 19, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
I sold mine to buy other gear, and now I wish I hadn't :-(

Hey ekat, any chance that there's a bin of silent partners laying next to that bin of slides? ;-)
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
I did my first roped solos belayed by Jumars. I progressed to a Jumar and a prussik, the "Barnett System," two half hitches (for aid climbing) and finally the SP. While not a replacement for a partner that lives and breathes, for roped soloing (which has its own attractions), it is truly amazing.

John
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
HA. . . there's a bin full of parts, that's for sure!

:-)

What an evolution, let me tell you!
Gagner

climber
Boulder
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:10pm PT
Hey Kathy - Remember showing me how to use it in a tree up in Tamarack just before I went and did SF Watkins solo....?? Fun times!!

P.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
Like it was frikken YESTERDAY, GAGgot!

That tree ruled our world. . . for a long time!

WHAT A LIFE!

oxox
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Mar 19, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
Hey eKat, send me some photos, I'll scan em for ya! Here's my SP - it's still virgin but I can fix that. Funny, there's a banana in the photo.
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