S1 E4 -The Dozenth Dozen

It is absolutely imperative to think when you do these things. Gravity is heavy, and so is the responsibility we have to make sure that we come home, time and time again. Folks are alarmed when they see soloing because they think I could die. And the fact is that I could.

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S1 E3 - Sport Soloing

Both routes involved slopers, which usually give me anxiety, but as I’d been building my base at 5.12- this season, and already had two solos at the grade, I was already starting to feel like a more competent soloist and thought I could rise to the occasion.

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S1 E2 - Results May Vary

When onsighting, the most efficient beta often isn’t as valuable as the first beta that works. Just get the hell outta there, so you don’t pump out.

After spending precious minutes of progressive fatigue faffing about, I chose my sequence and committed to the moves. Screaming, flailing, failing, I fell.

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S1 E1 - So It Begins

Being from Texas, a complete idiot, and having practiced at the most intimidating crag I’ve ever visited in the worst conditions I could’ve chosen short of freezing… the end of September at The Red looked mighty fine in my mind.

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