Motivation for deep water soloing
Question: Is deep water soloing (DWS) the ultimate form of climbing?
Answer: If you enjoy swimming, hate big, cumbersome racks and want to experience a sense of freedom, then YES!
Okay, we all have our own ideas about our preferred fix. But the above is certainly true. DWS provides an adrenaline rush with a reduced risk of broken limbs. It's lightweight, not gear-dependent and, because of the curious ensemble of both rock and water, it offers an activity that's a wacky combination of wet and dry.
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it - here's what a few well-known, highly-motivated devotees have to say ...
Ken Palmer - 'The commitment and solitude breathe new life into me each and every time I dance above the deep blue void'
Seb Grieve - 'Boring! You can climb as hard as you like but you just can't hurt yourself. Takes all the fun out of falling'
Klem Loskot - 'It's about as free as you can be'
Genghis Khan - 'Looks awesome. Wish I was still alive'
Tim Emmett - 'The ultimate form of climbing, pure freedom and movement, with some extra space thrown in.'
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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