Solo Climbing is Not a Wise Decision

Human instinct for some is not only to take on challenges but to create even greater ones. This might be the lifestyle of the mountaineer. With a hunger to find the next steepest mountain and one which as yet has not been defeated some mountaineers may be tempted to take their climbing to levels that are beyond dangerous, as is often the case with this form of sport. Some individuals may contemplate solo climbing.

The Context of Solo Climbing

There are different applications of solo climbing. It can be in the context of climbing by oneself without the use of a rope or other safety equipment. Then the other context is taking on a solo climb with the intention of embarking on the climb by oneself without a team, or another individual at least to join them.

The Different Challenges

Every climb brings with it its own level of danger. Some more severe than others. Mountains can be put into different classifications of severty when it comes to a climb. One that has earned the reputation for creating a high risk is K2. But, when one is contemplating a climb of this region in the winter season then the risk level has just risen to another level. Most professional mountaineers would agree that an attempt to do a solo climb at any time of K2 is not something that should be considered, but to do it in the winter month almost indicates a death wish on behalf of the climber contemplating this.

First Climb

To make a climb in winter of K2 and to be successful at it would mean a first for the mountaineer that achieved this. This is one of the reasons why it may be so tempting to those who endulge in this sport. But, at the same time most of these professionals are not going to throw caution to the wind simply for a first climb.