“I should not be doing that,” says this climber right after he lands on his bum at after this free solo ice climbing fall. We’re gonna have to agree with you him.
Incredibly, the climber was unhurt.
Tristan O’Donoghue filmed this fall and sent the video in. He said that the climber, a friend of his, has “soloed these falls near Denali National Park” previously “in better condition.”
“He fell roughly 20 feet and came out completely unscathed albeit quite humbled and embarrassed,” said O’Donoghue
To be sure, some ice climbers in the upper echelons of the sport are free soloists—just like Alex Honnold and Peter Croft are in rock climbing—but it’s a discipline better left to the very best, and even still only if they insist on doing it: guys like Dani Arnold or Mark Twight (back in the day).
So to the Whippee—break the cord out next time, pal. You normally don’t get any get-out-of-jail-free cards in free solo ice climbing; you got super lucky. Be smart, be safe and don’t tempt the fates.
Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!