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Life is an inherently dangerous sport

Latest Episodes

Field Dispatch: KY, UT, ID and such

EI’m behind on my episodes! Sending season has begun! I claimed my 16th and 17th 5.12 solos, and then onsight soloed a bunch in Idaho on a work trip! I’m covering my philosophy of media, and the rapid-fire travels I’ve done lately. sometimes I love my job, but at other times I LOOOVE my job! I’m honestly super grateful that they randomly send me to climbing places by accident sometimes. The best sponsorship ever!

49 MINAPR 15
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Field Dispatch: KY, UT, ID and such

Stepping Back from The Edge, Landing Under The Knife

EThe most terrifying moment I’ve ever had wasn’t while soloing, it was a long time ago on top of a building, while my mind fought to destroy me, as it had been doing since my earliest memories Some people call me suicidal because I solo, claim I have a death-wish. Well excuse me, but *fuck you*. I know exactly what a death wish feels like, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let it claim the things in life which bring me joy. This week’s episode on the podcast is the story of how I climbed out of a deep dark hole from which many never return Freesoloing isn’t a death wish, it’s a life wish. It’s the single best therapy I’ve ever found for calming my tumultuous mind. The control that I’ve developed on the wall transfers into my daily life. This is important, because I’m not the guy who “beat depression.” I don’t get to be that guy. I’ve got to manage this for my entire life. And worse, it’s not “just depression,” its more complicated than that. I have Bipolar II, which is similar to classic bipolar, except that your “baseline” is shifted negative. So the up-swings bring you to a sort of mild-elevation and the down-swings take you much, much further into the darkness, while “normal” isn’t normal at all, but still contains all the markers of self-hatred and low self-esteem So I’m not soloing for the other reason that many will toss either. A narcissistic craving for attention isn’t driving this show, because I don’t get a bump off of praise like most people. Instead, it feels foul, and false, because my mind tells me it “knows better.” Luckily The Process I’ve developed on the wall, has many transferable skills and helps me mitigate these risks off the wall too I’m not going to die climbing. I’d be far too pissed off if my epitaph read “we told you so.” Plus, there’s this thing called “free-soloing,” and I really like it… so if I kark-it… I won’t get to do that anymore… so that don’t make any since atall! Life is an inherently dangerous sport, and mine a bit more than others. If it wasn’t for soloing, I might have been dead already My “Survivor’s Toolkit:” * Music: * Rowing by Soundgarden * Spring To Come by John Butler Trio * Under the Knife by Icon For Hire * Videos * Dark Side of The Subjective * “Choosing to Fly” Ted Talk by Steph Davis * Articles * ”Suicide in our sights” Rock and Ice More mojo: * Share my media page! * Support the show on Patreon! * Helps me hire people to film, photograph and record to get YOU better media! * Helps me cover cost of equipment. Holy moly I’m in deep! * Helps fund more rad adventures * 0% of proceeds go towards buying me a house or a Yacht in the Florida Keys. I have a job, i’m Just trying to run the show revenue-neutral and spread the love to others by hiring them to help! * More about me

79 MINAPR 2
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Stepping Back from The Edge, Landing Under The Knife

FAQ from the Trollercoaster!

EHave you ever caught flak on the interwebs via the InstaGerm or the FaceTron? Well me to!!!! But at least it forces me to think, consider the process, and contemplate what horrible life choices have brought me to this point! So here’s answers to a few of the common and somewhat recent discussions Some have come from trolls, others have come from well intended curiosity, enjoy!

39 MINMAR 25
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FAQ from the Trollercoaster!

A Simple Guide to Mental Training That Actually Works

EDo you or someone you love suffer from Fear of Falling? Here’s a guide to mental practice that actually works! Ever noticed that some folks tend to regress after practicing falling, or that the so-called “whipper therapy” of taking long falls traumatizes some folks to the point where they’re not willing to fall at all? And become reluctant to lead? Those are the problems we’re addressing today. If you’re looking for simple drills and practices to improve your mental game, look no further! These are the exact same methods that I’ve used myself to develop and maintain a cool head on the rock, whether I’m roped up or not! For more media and mojo, head over to www.TheFreesoloist.com/mojo to find all of my multimedia on the web! Don’t forget to explore the main site itself, there’s a lot more mojo coming down the pipeline and you don’t want to miss out!

38 MINMAR 18
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A Simple Guide to Mental Training That Actually Works

That’s Dangerous!

EHow often do you think about danger? How in depth? Are you worried about copycats of the riskiest arts? Do you tell folks just how dangerous these things are, because you want to encourage them? Or have you failed to realize that this tactic truthfully has the opposite effect from what you want? We’ve had people fall off of buildings and die for *Instagram Selfies*. C’mon, you scream danger, they hear “AWESOME!” And so they flock to do what you just told them was “cool.” Extreme poles are rarely effective. Vilification and Glorification of danger truthfully have the same effect: they encourage the foolhardy. But what if there was another way? Listen on to today’s episode “That’s Dangerous!” As we explore this notion! Follow along on: The InstaGerm The FaceTron My website YouTube

40 MINMAR 11
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That’s Dangerous!

Pile Ze Bags!

ENext time you need to Pile Ze Bags, remember instead to DOUBLE ZE POWWA AND UNLEASH THE BEAST, because we! don’t! fall!

30 MINMAR 3
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Pile Ze Bags!

14: The Only Blasphemy

EFree soloing is sketchy as hell! At least it is if you do it wrong as hell… I figured it’s time to address that head-on, so this week is storytime about all the times I was sketchier than all get-out. I didn’t sit on a rock and meditate to generate the process, naw. I learned these ways through the school of hard-knocks. Two things you need to solo well: Good judgment, and good experience. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to gain good experience is through poor judgment. Is there any better way to learn than by making mistakes? Yeah. Mentorship. Learning from *other’s* mistakes. So that’s what I’m offering up here. All of my worst mistakes. Wanna convince someone to stop soloing? Send them this episode! Maybe my mistakes can educate and inform to keep others from repeating them.

36 MINFEB 25
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14: The Only Blasphemy

013 – 5.12a Onsight and Free Solo “Tangerine,” Little River Canyon

EOnsight Free-Solo 5.12, does it get any more rowdy than that? This is the story of the single most intense experience of my entire life I don’t like lowball solos, where the crux is straight off the deck, at least not when searching for a “personal best” performance. If a route is V4 off the ground with a 5.10 finish, that’s 12a on a rope, but without one… That’s a 5.10 solo with a V4 approach hike. Or maybe a V4 with a highball V0 X-rated finish. It feels like cheesing out, lying about your accomplishment, an affair born of vanity rather than some higher philosophy which deepens one’s understanding of the universe. Those hypothetical 5.12 moves would be nothing more advanced in style than an ordinary and everyday boulder problem. Bouldering is respectable, mind you, it’s just not a solo. When searching for a personal best, I avoid that grey area between the two. I want the difficulties to be high enough that there is no question. The difficulties of “Tangerine’s” ninety ...

35 MINFEB 18
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013 – 5.12a Onsight and Free Solo “Tangerine,” Little River Canyon

012 – Mile of Mojo Mission Report!

EThis episode is the play-by-play recap of every route during the Mile of Mojo! How many minutes did they take? Did anything feel sketchy? This one is for the nerds. It’s technical and detailed down to a route-per-route basis TheFreesoloist.com Instagram: @freesoloist Austin@TheFreesoloist.com

40 MINFEB 11
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012 – Mile of Mojo Mission Report!

011 – Mile of Mojo: Next Big Thing

EI’d racked up 2500ft during a single afternoon, during an inspection mission, not even aiming for a goal, while hungover like Keith Richards after 1969’s Altamont Anarchy. An El Cap day wasn’t ambitious enough. But what was the next milestone? There isn’t much in the way of more massive walls against which to measure oneself, so my mind harkened back to the legends of Mike Reardon: The Mile Day. That was the prize in mind. Share the show and followalong on instagram! @freesoloist

37 MINFEB 5
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011 – Mile of Mojo: Next Big Thing

Latest Episodes

Field Dispatch: KY, UT, ID and such

EI’m behind on my episodes! Sending season has begun! I claimed my 16th and 17th 5.12 solos, and then onsight soloed a bunch in Idaho on a work trip! I’m covering my philosophy of media, and the rapid-fire travels I’ve done lately. sometimes I love my job, but at other times I LOOOVE my job! I’m honestly super grateful that they randomly send me to climbing places by accident sometimes. The best sponsorship ever!

49 MINAPR 15
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Field Dispatch: KY, UT, ID and such

Stepping Back from The Edge, Landing Under The Knife

EThe most terrifying moment I’ve ever had wasn’t while soloing, it was a long time ago on top of a building, while my mind fought to destroy me, as it had been doing since my earliest memories Some people call me suicidal because I solo, claim I have a death-wish. Well excuse me, but *fuck you*. I know exactly what a death wish feels like, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let it claim the things in life which bring me joy. This week’s episode on the podcast is the story of how I climbed out of a deep dark hole from which many never return Freesoloing isn’t a death wish, it’s a life wish. It’s the single best therapy I’ve ever found for calming my tumultuous mind. The control that I’ve developed on the wall transfers into my daily life. This is important, because I’m not the guy who “beat depression.” I don’t get to be that guy. I’ve got to manage this for my entire life. And worse, it’s not “just depression,” its more complicated than that. I have Bipolar II, which is similar to classic bipolar, except that your “baseline” is shifted negative. So the up-swings bring you to a sort of mild-elevation and the down-swings take you much, much further into the darkness, while “normal” isn’t normal at all, but still contains all the markers of self-hatred and low self-esteem So I’m not soloing for the other reason that many will toss either. A narcissistic craving for attention isn’t driving this show, because I don’t get a bump off of praise like most people. Instead, it feels foul, and false, because my mind tells me it “knows better.” Luckily The Process I’ve developed on the wall, has many transferable skills and helps me mitigate these risks off the wall too I’m not going to die climbing. I’d be far too pissed off if my epitaph read “we told you so.” Plus, there’s this thing called “free-soloing,” and I really like it… so if I kark-it… I won’t get to do that anymore… so that don’t make any since atall! Life is an inherently dangerous sport, and mine a bit more than others. If it wasn’t for soloing, I might have been dead already My “Survivor’s Toolkit:” * Music: * Rowing by Soundgarden * Spring To Come by John Butler Trio * Under the Knife by Icon For Hire * Videos * Dark Side of The Subjective * “Choosing to Fly” Ted Talk by Steph Davis * Articles * ”Suicide in our sights” Rock and Ice More mojo: * Share my media page! * Support the show on Patreon! * Helps me hire people to film, photograph and record to get YOU better media! * Helps me cover cost of equipment. Holy moly I’m in deep! * Helps fund more rad adventures * 0% of proceeds go towards buying me a house or a Yacht in the Florida Keys. I have a job, i’m Just trying to run the show revenue-neutral and spread the love to others by hiring them to help! * More about me

79 MINAPR 2
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Stepping Back from The Edge, Landing Under The Knife

FAQ from the Trollercoaster!

EHave you ever caught flak on the interwebs via the InstaGerm or the FaceTron? Well me to!!!! But at least it forces me to think, consider the process, and contemplate what horrible life choices have brought me to this point! So here’s answers to a few of the common and somewhat recent discussions Some have come from trolls, others have come from well intended curiosity, enjoy!

39 MINMAR 25
Comments
FAQ from the Trollercoaster!

A Simple Guide to Mental Training That Actually Works

EDo you or someone you love suffer from Fear of Falling? Here’s a guide to mental practice that actually works! Ever noticed that some folks tend to regress after practicing falling, or that the so-called “whipper therapy” of taking long falls traumatizes some folks to the point where they’re not willing to fall at all? And become reluctant to lead? Those are the problems we’re addressing today. If you’re looking for simple drills and practices to improve your mental game, look no further! These are the exact same methods that I’ve used myself to develop and maintain a cool head on the rock, whether I’m roped up or not! For more media and mojo, head over to www.TheFreesoloist.com/mojo to find all of my multimedia on the web! Don’t forget to explore the main site itself, there’s a lot more mojo coming down the pipeline and you don’t want to miss out!

38 MINMAR 18
Comments
A Simple Guide to Mental Training That Actually Works

That’s Dangerous!

EHow often do you think about danger? How in depth? Are you worried about copycats of the riskiest arts? Do you tell folks just how dangerous these things are, because you want to encourage them? Or have you failed to realize that this tactic truthfully has the opposite effect from what you want? We’ve had people fall off of buildings and die for *Instagram Selfies*. C’mon, you scream danger, they hear “AWESOME!” And so they flock to do what you just told them was “cool.” Extreme poles are rarely effective. Vilification and Glorification of danger truthfully have the same effect: they encourage the foolhardy. But what if there was another way? Listen on to today’s episode “That’s Dangerous!” As we explore this notion! Follow along on: The InstaGerm The FaceTron My website YouTube

40 MINMAR 11
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That’s Dangerous!

Pile Ze Bags!

ENext time you need to Pile Ze Bags, remember instead to DOUBLE ZE POWWA AND UNLEASH THE BEAST, because we! don’t! fall!

30 MINMAR 3
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Pile Ze Bags!

14: The Only Blasphemy

EFree soloing is sketchy as hell! At least it is if you do it wrong as hell… I figured it’s time to address that head-on, so this week is storytime about all the times I was sketchier than all get-out. I didn’t sit on a rock and meditate to generate the process, naw. I learned these ways through the school of hard-knocks. Two things you need to solo well: Good judgment, and good experience. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to gain good experience is through poor judgment. Is there any better way to learn than by making mistakes? Yeah. Mentorship. Learning from *other’s* mistakes. So that’s what I’m offering up here. All of my worst mistakes. Wanna convince someone to stop soloing? Send them this episode! Maybe my mistakes can educate and inform to keep others from repeating them.

36 MINFEB 25
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14: The Only Blasphemy

013 – 5.12a Onsight and Free Solo “Tangerine,” Little River Canyon

EOnsight Free-Solo 5.12, does it get any more rowdy than that? This is the story of the single most intense experience of my entire life I don’t like lowball solos, where the crux is straight off the deck, at least not when searching for a “personal best” performance. If a route is V4 off the ground with a 5.10 finish, that’s 12a on a rope, but without one… That’s a 5.10 solo with a V4 approach hike. Or maybe a V4 with a highball V0 X-rated finish. It feels like cheesing out, lying about your accomplishment, an affair born of vanity rather than some higher philosophy which deepens one’s understanding of the universe. Those hypothetical 5.12 moves would be nothing more advanced in style than an ordinary and everyday boulder problem. Bouldering is respectable, mind you, it’s just not a solo. When searching for a personal best, I avoid that grey area between the two. I want the difficulties to be high enough that there is no question. The difficulties of “Tangerine’s” ninety ...

35 MINFEB 18
Comments
013 – 5.12a Onsight and Free Solo “Tangerine,” Little River Canyon

012 – Mile of Mojo Mission Report!

EThis episode is the play-by-play recap of every route during the Mile of Mojo! How many minutes did they take? Did anything feel sketchy? This one is for the nerds. It’s technical and detailed down to a route-per-route basis TheFreesoloist.com Instagram: @freesoloist Austin@TheFreesoloist.com

40 MINFEB 11
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012 – Mile of Mojo Mission Report!

011 – Mile of Mojo: Next Big Thing

EI’d racked up 2500ft during a single afternoon, during an inspection mission, not even aiming for a goal, while hungover like Keith Richards after 1969’s Altamont Anarchy. An El Cap day wasn’t ambitious enough. But what was the next milestone? There isn’t much in the way of more massive walls against which to measure oneself, so my mind harkened back to the legends of Mike Reardon: The Mile Day. That was the prize in mind. Share the show and followalong on instagram! @freesoloist

37 MINFEB 5
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011 – Mile of Mojo: Next Big Thing
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