Month: May 2015

Soloing Zodiac

On May 3rd, Adam successfully topped out Zodiac – his first El Cap solo (and only second big wall solo). He was nice enough to share a bit about how it went and his motivation behind the climb. Rope soloing: climbing a route by yourself rather than with a climbing partner (rope and protection is used for safety) What was the appeal of rope soloing Zodiac? I’ve been interested in soloing and big wall soloing for a while. Within the first year of climbing I became interested and started buying the gear and learning the techniques I would need with the dream of someday soloing a route on El Cap. The idea of soloing has always appealed to me because you have to be completely self-sufficient and figure out problems on your own. Unlike climbing with a partner, you always have something to do and you always know everything that’s going on in the system – that the rope is fixed, what the anchor is like, how much rope you have left. I find the extra complexity …