Author: Mark Synnott Mark Synnott's new book, The Impossible Climb -- part memoir, part exploration of the climbing culture -- gives context for Alex Honnold's historic unroped
ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite's 3,000-foot slab of "glacier-polished granite" (A climb that was recently documented in the film Free Solo).
Is the legend of the four neophyte climbers who, all in one day, summited Denali unharnessed and unroped
, inadequately dressed, using primitive equipment and lugging a fourteen-foot-tall, twenty-five-pound tree trunk up treacherous slopes to plant the American flag in the rocky, frozen ground before turning around and descending the mountain,A true?
Unless the glacier is particularly treacherous, my parties generally descend unroped
. As one authority has put it, roped skiing downhill, unless done by the most expert skiers, quickly generates into farce, particularly if pulks are involved.
Along with several other notable first ascents of difficult climbs both roped and unroped
, Jorgeson is best known for teaming up with Tommy Caldwell on the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park.
He had fallen from the final 80-foot section known as the "summit block," a Class 4 stretch meaning, among other things, that an unroped
fall could be fatal.
Other adrenaline junkies include kite surfers, white-water kayakers and unroped
Coming unannounced to Wales when the couple were in their mid-20s, Jacquetta spied Jim climbing treacherous Cenotaph Corner (Dinas-y-Cromlech) unroped
, and became enraged that he was behaving so dangerously.
He seems to have built up the walls of his pots, edging like a precarious, unroped
mountain climber, risking the next move, informed only by a sense of belief of what should be possible if all goes well.
The dream was so deep / the bed came unroped
from its moorings, / drifted upstream till it found my old notch//in the house I grew up in, / then it locked in place.
As we ascended the well-maintained Skyline Trail from Paradise, we remained unroped
, instructed to walk single file an arm's-length apart, maintaining a steady pace.
The man was with a party of six who were tackling routes unroped
in Coire an t-Sneachda, in the Cairngorms range, near Aviemore.
The judge said: "I am also satisfied that the claimant was competent to undergo the climb, that it was proper for it to be undertaken unroped
and that Mr Storm gave proper supervision throughout.