Me, Myself & I
Everything you ever wanted to know about soloing a big wall
Me, Myself & I - the forbidden dark art of roped soloing, for climbers who either need to know in order to make the ultimate climb come true, or those who just like technique ‘nerdiness’.
Me, Myself & I draws on fifteen years of experience on these solo projects, as well as nearly thirty years of general climbing experience, to bring the most specialised big wall instruction book ever written for climbers. Rope soloing will be undertaken by less than 1% of climbers, yet these skills open up the potential for the equivalent of an 'Iron Man' for climbers, to scale the biggest walls - alone and safely.
How this book came about...
Climbers have been asking me for years to write more about the dark art of rope soloing, and I’ve tried to cover some aspects on my blog, plus coached others by email. But what is needed is a more in-depth manual, that covers every aspect of the big wall solo, as well as comprehensive and clear diagrams - something I’ve never been able to do for free content.
What does the book cover?
The book will be by far the most in-depth instructional big wall roped soloing book ever written.
Although aimed at roped soloing, the book will cover many, many subjects that cross over into rock climbing, alpinism and mountaineering - as well as the training and psychology involved, making it relevant to anyone who has an active interest in these areas.
Like many of my books this will not be a dry and dull book, but will try and bring the spirit of big walling into every page, covering what you need to know, as well as my own and others stories to inspire you.
- Why solo? (Picking an objective, Strategy and tactics)
- Equipment (Specialised Solo belay devices, Adapted solo belay devices, Ropes, bags, Big wall checklist)
- Training and fitness
- Solo training
- Techniques and systems
- Leading - Basic principles and dangers
- Basic single rope solo
- Classic rope big wall solo system
- Continuous loop system
- Death Loop
- Hauling - Basic principles and dangers
- Alpine style
- Russian harness haul
- Classic Yosemite haul
- Advanced hauling
- Survival (Descent, Retreat, First aid, Bivying, Storms)
- Advanced techniques
- Alpine walls
- Capsule style
- Encountering other teams
- Speed climbing - short fixing
- Speed climbing - solo speed
- Post climb warm down
- Future objectives
This book is very, very niche, and has a very small number of people who will buy it, and so the price reflects this.