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NEW! ALL AND NOTHING: INSIDE FREE SOLOING Jeff Smoot 2022 1st ed Softcover New 2 Copies Available
By Smoot, Jeff
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Seattle, Mountaineers, 2022, 1st edition. 320 pp. Paperback, New.

Free Soloing is rock climbing without a rope. You fall you die. But we all free solo when the terrain is easy, usually 4th class climbing for most of us. But when it gets to be 5th class, meaning not so much that is it harder, but that the climb is so vertical that unless you sprout wings you are in trouble. 

Free Soloing today refers to doing very difficult climbs with lots of exposure. The level of ability of accomplished climbers today is so high that more and more climbers are taking that extra risk because their skill level is so high that they feel their risk is not as great as the rating suggests. 

Combining the proliferation of today's climbers who have extremely high ability, with the wide variety of extreme climbs that were first climbed with ropes, and the use of Go Pro type small video cameras, and the large audience thanks to streaming and DVDs, and even movie theatres now, Free Solo climbing is now the sharp end of 21st century rock climbing.   

Once considered a fringe activity, climbing without a rope has entered the mainstream consciousness, largely because of the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo featuring professional climber Alex Honnold. Yet climbers have been free soloing all along motivated by reasons as varied as the climbers themselves.

All and Nothing delves into the cultural history of free soloing, ranging across the storied climbing cultures of the Alps, Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, the Gunks, Eldorado Canyon, and several other locales. Writer and climber Jeff Smoot explores the interplay of climbing and risk, as well as psychological theories, evolving ethics, the effect of media coverage (particularly the portrayal of extreme sports), and shares original interviews with dozens of free soloists. Smoot also recounts his personal experiences climbing without a rope in the same era as talented climbers like Mark Twight and Peter Croft.

From inside his complex connection to free soloing, he examines our relationship with risk, how we perceive our sense of control, and our perspective on mortality.

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