Arrow Head Solo – A break from the office!
So this morning as I sat in my chair doing the e-mails and sipping tea the blue skies outside the window called to me. The prospect of sitting at the computer when the weather was so lovely outside made it so hard to sit here and reply to the e-mails. I decided a quick stretch of the muscles was indeed needed! So Philip and I headed up to Dalkey to have a look at the Arrow Head route. The route itself is very straight forward as I found out a few weeks ago. One evening after work I said I would go and “have a look at it”. I wanted to give it a climb and it didn’t look like there would be much gear on it for a lead, so I figure it would be OK as a solo climb due to the easy grade of difficulty. I had my shoes and chalk bag with me and said “I’m just having a look”. Of course looking was followed shortly after by touching and I was up the route and smiling in no time. This morning with the memory of this we headed to the quarry for a quick go. Philip wanted to have a look too for another time. In the end I went up the route twice and got a few photos. The route is unique with no real difficulties except the ones in your head when there is no rope. Last year I thought about climbing this route solo and it actually scared me a lot. After doing it I guess it still scares me and even though “I don’t actually solo climb” I have found myself having ticked off a handful of solo climbs since last summer. Maybe it’s a fatal attraction or something of the sort, but once you get over the fear of “no rope” it all feels easy. Now in no way am I condoning solo climbing and I know the little voice in my head telling me that “there’s little to no gear on the route, so it’s a solo climb really” is no justification or excuse. Even if I feel like the assessment of risk is logical in my head, I know deep down falling would hurt at best, and yet it sure did put a smile on my face 🙂 Now back to work and e-mails and all that other stuff 😉 Until next time!