Weekend Whipper: 30-Foot Free Solo Fall!
Jules Lines is perhaps the greatest free-soloist you've never heard of. Hailing from Scotland, his penchant for soloing hard rock-climbs is often discussed in hushed tones among inner U.K. climbing circles. This summer, Lines added a direct finish to fellow Scotsman Dave Macleod's Hold Fast, a bold 5.13a trad route in Glen Nevis. Lines' new finish bumped the grade to 5.13c, and as for the protection ... Lines decided to eschew the ropes all together and rely on his skills as a free soloist. On one attempt, however, Lines didn't quite stick the sequence, but he did stick the landing!