Monday, January 14, 2013

Link: Reflections of a Recovering Soloist

I've known Michael Wejchert for several years now. He's a trusted partner, a great friend, and a budding northeastern hardman. When I first met him he soloed a lot. He reminded me of myself when I was younger - at a loss for partners yet dying to gain the valuable experience necessary to climb bigger and harder objectives. The difference between Michael and I was that he was able to convince himself that soloing harder routes felt safe. He's soloed the Dike more times than I can count, and he's soloed the Last Gentleman at Lake Willoughby.

Nowadays, as a local climber in North Conway, he has his choice of partners and many of them are North America's finest alpinists and winter climbers. He solos less and climbs hard routes on a rope with good friends more frequently.

In this blog post, at his blog Far North Climbing, he shares his story about the time in his life when he soloed a lot. I enjoyed his multi-perspective view of soloing immensely. I'm grateful for his partnership and I'm thankful he's still around to tell this story. Enjoy.