Definitions in deep water soloing
- Armchair landing - The required landing position upon entering shallow water from height
- Body slap - Loosely applies to any untidy landing, e.g. one in which a slapping noise is heard
- Chalking stick - The contraption used for chalking holds before that moment of commitment, usually in the caves.
- DWS - Deep Water Soloing. Rather cutely referred to by Rock & Ice editorship as 'above water soloing'.
- Enema - What occurs when the legs are left a little apart upon landing! Best avoided as it's uncomfortable and messy.
- Inverted - The nature of the climbing on some of the wilder, upside-down routes, especially crux roof sections.
- Neap tides - These represent the smallest tide deviations of the month; mediocre highs, usually at around midday times.
- Shallow water solo - Yep, not quite enough of the wet stuff. Hopefully a bit safer than a theoretical! Usually S3 (see Grading).
- Splashdown - The moment of falling into the water!
- Spring tides - These represent the biggest tide deviations of the month; the biggest highs and the lowest of the lows, with the best highs early and late in the day.
- Swim-in - A route which usually needs to be tackled after a swim to the start.
- Theoretical solo - A route which could conceivably be labelled a DWS; generally a little too high, or maybe a little too shallow... strictly, one of these might find itself a little outside the parameters of the S grading system (see Grading).
- Tide timetable - An annual booklet, giving all projected tide movements in a given region.
- Venue - Any area or crag which offers DWS climbing, whether realised or not.
Mike has been climbing for over 20 years and has worked for several big-names in the climbing world including Rockfax climbing guides and Mountain Hardwear. He has written extensively on deep water soloing in areas of the UK including Dorset and Pembrokeshire and has used his professional photography
skills to record his achievements.
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