Epic "Free Solo" in Squamish

Check out this video of rigging expert Matt Maddaloni attempting to “free solo” Young Blood (5.13a) on the Cacodaemon boulder in Squamish, BC.


Video from The Range Life

Here is what Matt had to say:

We set up a trapeez net out in space below the route using a 30 ft circular high strength fishing net and industrial strength bungee cord.  We climbed 40 feet up several trees to attach our bungees and connected the other bungees to rock anchors such as bolts and cracks.
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Everything was equalized and set up to stetch away from rock to prevent abrasion.
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Needless to say it was a bit of a rigging nightmare and took an entire day to set up. Jumping into was some of the most fun I’ve ever had and falling off the route into the net some of the most TERRIFYING of my life. Well worth it though!!!

Seems like an awful lot of work when you could just clip the bolts, but it looked like it was a lot of fun.
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  You can download the video for yourself by clicking here.

Thanks to B3Bouldering for the link.

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4 Responses to Epic "Free Solo" in Squamish

  1. peter February 5, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    yeah man, i saw this on jamie’s site. fucking out of his mind. it’s really cool to see video footage of areas you’ve been, though.

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  2. Craig B February 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm #

    I have seen climbers do a lot of dumb things, this may be one of the dumbest. With all the time he spent rigging this net for his solo he could have been climbing. From the looks of his ability on the route he could have used it. Don’t most people on sight .13a these days. What’s that like v7. Dumb.

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  3. Climbing Narcissist February 5, 2008 at 3:50 pm #

    I sort of thought the same thing, but it would be fun to fall 40 feet in the air and not only not die but also be pleasantly tossed into the air.

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  4. peter February 5, 2008 at 4:44 pm #

    victory whip off of tuna town has a little bounce to it. and is way more than 40 ft. just be sure to use kasia’s rope.

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