Hardest Free-solo You Have Ever "Accidentally" Done

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Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 20, 2017 - 07:35am PT
Okay, a climbing thread. Hope you aren't too shocked. Ever start up a cliff just sort of fooling around and then felt more comfortable climbing up instead of down? You end up completing the climb and scaring yourself good in the process? I never start out intending to free-solo a rock climb but in the process of scrambling have done it a few times by "accident".

A 5.10+(can't remember the name of the climb, maybe I'll find it later) at The Emeralds is my contribution to this thread.
j-tree

Big Wall climber
Typewriters and Ledges
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:01am PT
Freesoloed an easy looking line with my rack and rope to setup a tr in j-tree that the guidebook had no info on. A couple concerning spots but stayed in the mindset of don't worry this is easy, uneventful and established the tr. when I got down, looked at the guidebook a bit more and realized I was looking at the wrong part of the wall on the topo and had just free soloed a 10b. A nice tick that I said was "totally on purpose" to the rest of my group.
jeff constine

Trad climber
Ao Namao
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:06am PT
Credit: jeff constine
not my hardest but i got a photo.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:09am PT
Of course, I told my buddy I did it on purpose too. lol...then had to change my shorts.
locker

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:27am PT

"A 5.10+(can't remember the name of the climb, maybe I'll find it later) at The Emeralds is my contribution to this thread."...

So how about actually adding your story to this thread???...



How does your story go???...

Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:31am PT
Area didn't have a guide to it at the time. It was just being developed. My friend scrambled up a gully to the top. I said, "Hey, I'll just scramble up this wall right here and meet you up there". Started climbing and just kept going. Was harder than it looked from the ground. Got to a point where the top looked more reachable than down climbing. Wasn't until several years later when a guidebook was published that I looked through it and saw that the climb had a name and a rating.
locker

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:34am PT

^^^

NOT looking to give you sh!t...

sincerely interested in your story...





What kind of shoes???...

Were you there originally to climb???...





EDITED:

Jody...

as you may have seen posted here...

I will be going into "Semi-retirement" this coming June 1 and will finally have a lot of time to climb and do other things again...

Why don't you and I hook up to do some CLIMBING, shooting and SHOOTING sometime in the not so distant future???...

Talk about one hell of a TR we could have...

LOL!!!...



Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:37am PT
Tennis shoes and no, just scoping the area out but late in the day and not planning on climbing.
chill

climber
The fat part of the bell-curve
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:39am PT
Some dome in Colorado. Started off easy enough, then high up it turned into wide-eyed, do or die moves. At the top I felt both stupid and bad-ass.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:40am PT
Why don't you and I hook up to do some CLIMBING, shooting and SHOOTING sometime in the not so distant future???...

Talk about one hell of a TR we could have...
.

I had fun shooting on RF's ranch. Do you have access there? I don't know, something about shooting high caliber weapons and blowing up Tannerite targets in the middle of a national park was about the most fun I had ever had with a gun.
Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:40am PT
At the top I felt both stupid and bad-ass.

Pretty much sums up my feelings at the time.
Gunkie

Trad climber
Valles Marineris
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:42am PT
That crap that you get warned about at the top of the East Butt of Middle Cathedral in the aqua blue Meyers guide. Pure sketch when you're trying to beat the dark to the top of the descent gully around to the left. Yikes...
locker

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:44am PT

"The most fun I ever had shooting was on RF's ranch. Do you have access there?"...

Jody...

After Roberts passing, the owners moved back, so the shooting days seem to be a thing of the past...



I'm serious about getting together...

Think it would be a BLAST!!!...

Man, we really could put something pretty GUD together...

LOL!!!...



Jody

climber
Occupied Territory
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 20, 2017 - 08:46am PT
Man, we really could put something pretty GUD together...

If we didn't kill each other first. :)
locker

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 08:47am PT


"If we didn't kill each other first."...

Or die from laughing so hard???...

Much more likely...

LOL!!!...
Spiny Norman

Social climber
Boring, Oregon
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:00am PT
Get a room you guys.
locker

climber
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:01am PT


^^^

I've never heard that one...

Got any more of those clever sayings???...
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:16am PT
One year long ago Rifle Gap had a really fat ice year and I headed over from Denver by myself to check it out. I was about a week of warmer weather too late. Nothing had fallen down, but the tops of several free hanging ice climbs had gotten thin, detached, and rotten right where they pour over the cliff, although you could not see that from the bottom of the climb. I started up about three of these climbs and would get right to the top where a guy really, truly needs some good ice to pull over the top, and there just wasn't any there. Down climbing the steep little pillar from those thin and manky pour overs was pretty terrifying. So, I didn't really complete any of these climbs, but I climbed several of them right up to the last move over the top and then had to solo down climb the whole thing in order to save my sorry @zz.
Cragar

climber
MSLA - MT
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:42am PT
My first Valley lead, munginella. As I was working around the tree, I heard what sounded the Robbin's First symphony de Hex as they hit the rock and my belayer. The hexes and a stopper or 2 rained down on my friend Rob and he just started laughing at me (great support!!) telling me I fuct all of my placements and I should just keep going. I remember the finish was pretty casual as if 5.6 isn't enough...I can still picture looking down and seeing hexes swirling around the rope dinging off the rock and hitting Rob!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2017 - 09:47am PT
Does simul-climbing 4000' mixed routes count?
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