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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 19, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
This is the first I've heard of that repair issue, but that's not surprising since the direction of the Silent Partner and its manufacturing were in the hands of Rock Thompson and Wren Franklin. They are both extremely talented designers/machinists and completely thrustworthy businessmen with sterling reputations. I hope it worked out well for you.

Remember, everybody. . . roped solo climbing is frikken SERIOUS and the Silent Partner isn't for everybody.

Solo safe and live to talk about it!
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
I want one!

And Ekat, help me out. What's a thrustworthy businessman:-)
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
Mar 19, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
It's new to me. Picked one up used, CHEAP, which seems to work fine. I haven't fallen on it yet, and don't really plan to; but since this climbing thing is relatively new to me as well, I probably will.

Anyone have some pictures of the internal guts of the thing? I'd love to see it. Seems a brilliant piece of invention to me. Thanks!

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kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 19, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
When my partner is silent I know I'm in deep shit!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 19, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
last time I remember a live partner was silent Grant Walker.. was my first summer of leading... all three bolts had unclipped and I was making a 10c move to the anchor. Thus I learned that just a biner on a bolt was not advisable. I also learned a lot about focus and confidence and a bit about myself.

Havn't fallen on it? Jeez the first thing I did when I got mine was fall on it.. alot. Set up a nice top rope setup. Practiced rapping with it and disengaging from a fall. If I had the money for two of em I'd have done a lot of crazy stuff to break the first one.. I tried to make it fail.

Get to know your gear.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 19, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
Steve Schneider's in a day solo ascent of the nose (21:22?) with a SP was nothing short of astounding to me. Curious if he's still utilizing the SP these days. I wonder what he would think his time would be if he repeated it in the near future.
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
Mar 19, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
Briham,

That castle rock in the OP? looks like the 5.6/5.7 lieback at the waterfall cliff
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 19, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
^yep nailed it! It's fun to do a few laps on that doing the left and right end variation and then setup a tr solo on the 5.11a next to it.
rgold

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar 20, 2013 - 01:09am PT
I had one for a while---not one of the early runs Todd mentions. Never fell on it in real life, but tested it periodically in the gym or from trees, as well as always giving it a good yank at the base of every pitch of the routes I soloed.

It always worked fine for me, but I eventually sold it. I've done a ton of free soloing (retired from that now) and always loved it, but I discovered that part of the love was being totally unencumbered. With rope soloing, I had loops hanging down, I was doing fiddly things to manage rope weight, I was worrying about getting good upward and downward pull anchors, I was climbing up, rappelling down, and either re-climbing or jumaring every pitch, and it all started to seem like the other end of the spectrum from what attracted me to free soloing to begin with.

Meanwhile, at almost seventy, I've had more than enough of my own damn company. There are a few people willing to spend time with me; it's just that I'm not one of them. I like climbing with other people a lot more than I like climbing with myself at this stage of life. After seven decades, one doesn't know how long it will be before the final veil of silence descends. When it does, there will be an eternity of it, I don't think I'll be needing any supplementary practice for that journey, and so my Silent Partner is gainfully employed safeguarding a much younger person, someone who, like all youth, thinks life is infinite.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 20, 2013 - 09:40am PT
I'm in total agreement with Rgold. I've bought several of the solo belay devices and they all remind me of breaking rocks with a small sledgehammer, whereas free soling is more akin to flying a glider. When I'm not in tune, which is more frequently as I get older, rather do a solo TR lap or get a partner. Leading with any solo belay device is suckage incarnate.
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Mar 20, 2013 - 09:56am PT
I have one and have been using it for years. With my weird work and oncall schedule, it is often the best of only partner I can find. I toss the rope in a small pack so I don't have to worry about rope tension.

Mine is all banged up and scratched to hell but it works like new.
TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Mar 20, 2013 - 06:26pm PT

Silent Partner appreciation BUMP !
RyanD

climber
Squamish
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
RGold, your wisdom never ceases to amaze me. Seriously, thanks.
divad

Trad climber
wmass
Mar 20, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
never had a partner I didn't like, especially if they talked...
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2013 - 09:23pm PT
Don't get me wrong, I've always liked my climbing partners. It just seems that there are times when no one else can climb, but my silent friend still allows me to, and for that, I love it!!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 20, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
^^^^^ That's why Blanchard started soloing. . . at the ripe old age of 17. . . he got sick of partners flakin' on him.

He actually designed a mechanical Barnett System back in the 70s - not completely unlike "The Soloist". . . but the chest harness and upside down deathfall thing bummed his trip so he threw it all in the scrap bin. . . then while soloing TheZodiac (here's a funny shot of my best friend, Mare and me, doing Ground Support - in matching shirts "ZODIAC SOLO '84" - just before blast off)

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. . . he tripped out on his clove hitch and noticed that it rolled beautifully. . .sort of feeding itself. . . and. . . well. . .the next decade + was devoted to coming up with some kind of a brakeable (is that a word?) rotating drum. . . and. . . TA DA! (Oh yeah. . . and learning "Patent It Yourself" word for word, doing a patent search and writing a frikken patent and doing the drawings. . . and. . . and. . . and. . .)

:-)

P.S. That's not really a beer. . . it was trash we found at the base!
Norwegian

Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
Mar 21, 2013 - 08:45am PT
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Credit: Norwegian
Slabby D

Trad climber
B'ham WA
Mar 21, 2013 - 09:55am PT
Love my Silent Partner. Well used and whipped on. Partner (actually friends) are great but sometimes you just need to enjoy the uninterrupted process of doing it all yourself.

SP
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Credit: Slabby D
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 21, 2013 - 03:58pm PT
I love my SP. We've been out many times! Its great to have the freedom to do your own thing. The climbing is a lot more intense since you can't ask your partner for beta, slack or just vent. And that's why our SP's are amazing partners.
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 21, 2013 - 04:02pm PT
Nice shots!!

That's a ton of loops Norwegian!
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