Climb On, three firsts in one climb 

Sunday, June 24, 2007 9:59:57 PM

With Jessica's plane being delayed a day and Devin and his girlfriend needing a camping chaperon, I had the chance to go camping this weekend.  Because I was doing them a 'favor', they agreed to my choice of camping sites.  So I choose Smith Rock (of coarse :)

Once I sent them on their way hiking around the rock, I started getting ready.  I could not wait, this was the first time I had a chance to try my new climbing toys.

In the past I have solo climbed from a top rope.  I would fix the rope, reppel down and then climb back up using an ascender with a custom chest harness.

A lot of climbs can't be accessed from the top.  I would have to pass them up in favor ones I could hike to the top of first.  The desire to be able to walk up to almost any climb and start on up prompted me to purchase the Silent Partner.  At the same time I also purchased the beginnings of a trad rack.

Everything came together this weekend.  I choose my spot and (1) did my first solo lead climb using my Silent Partner,  (2) my first time setting trad gear, and (3) my first lead trad climb.

The only real issue climbing by myself, is carrying all the gear.  I try to be prepared for almost any situation, and that makes the backpack very heavy.  Other then being very tired, I had an excellent time and could not have been happier when after over 4hrs of preparation and climbing, I topped out and sat on the edge of the cliff without another soul in sight.

Don't get me wrong, I do like climbing with others.  Its just rare finding a person to belay you where and when you can climb.

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