Going just soloing is on the otherhand very easy, just grab the chalkbag or Iceaxes/crampons and pick the route. The strenght is all in the mind!
Whilst ropesoloing will give you one more try, if you do it right that is
For me this alternative have given me the plus in a lot more climbing. Finding a partner isn´t always the easiest. Even though it has many positiv things with going climbing with a partner, one more to share the weight of the equipment, someone that answer when talking...well its a lot of good things
On the otherhand, having the opportunity of feeling comfortable with solo climbing and ropesoloing will give you a lot of things that non soloist never will get close to.
A hard day working on a route or a climb, with the only one to manage is you! Its a lot of satisfaction and expèrience.
|Rock Exotica SOLOIST, best made for the purpose|
The "Solist" from Rock Exotica is by far the best device for this. I have been climbing/using it for something like 10 years. Yes, its the same one! And it might be one of the best things I have bought for climbing...
Its been my key to more climbing for sure
The only issue with it is that it wont lock the rope if you fall up side down
On the other hand that is quite hard to manage since it must be used with a chest harness to keep it up, but still it might happen. Did to me once but then I was lucky enough that the rope got tangeled so the fall stopped with the rope in a lot of knots
Otherwise the best way to avoide accidents is to do back up knots on the rope, to be opened during the climb. Something that sounds good on the ground in the sofa, but a little hard to manage on the climb.
Just dealing with opening a knot now and then on a hard climb, could accually be even more dangerous!
|Safe and secure|
An other issue is what to do with the rope during the lead.
On the ground or in a sac a dos?!
Which ever its always harder to lead rope soloing then when belayed by a partner. This is since you will have the double weight from the rope, up from the fixation of the stance, up to the device and back down again.
This is one reason that I always secure the rope someway halfway with a prusik in a bolt/nut/cam. To prevent the rope being pulled down
|Portable ledge, a blue ice Warthog, perfect!|
If its a good ledge there is no trouble, just pay the rope down.
But if its no ledge...the I simply use the back pack, arranging it as a ledge and secure the rope on it. Easy!