To mark the end of the week, we’ve got 2 videos for you showing very different but equally dangerous styles of free solo. Welcome to Free solo Friday. First, we’ve got the slow and deliberate style of Dean Potter, making quick work of the classic Yosemite roof crack, Separate Reality. Graded 5.11d, that’s about 7a in European terms, the route is virtually horizontal for its entire length and the crux move is renowned for being breathtakingly exposed -- it lies 600 metres above the Valley below. Dean’s ascent was the third solo after Wolfgang Gullich and Heinz Zak took on the challenge and no matter how many times you watch it, soloing it doesn’t look any more appealing.
Next, we’ve got Dan Osman soloing an easier route but ever so slightly faster. Dan was a renowned rock climber in the Lake Tahoe area and it seems he knew this particular route, Bear’s Reach, at Lover’s Leap crag in Nevada, pretty well. This footage may be grainy but it is not sped up.
Craziest Ropeless Crack Climb Ever? (Free Solo Friday) | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 298
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