But, really, what’s the point? Isn’t a big net a lot like having a rope? Sure, it’s a longer fall (which may involve crapping your pants on the way down,) but surviving the fall has never been what free-soloing is about. Free-soloing is about total commitment. While I have never considered rope-free climbing, I have noticed I am a much better climber when my commitment level is high. It’s all mental. Just like free-soloing. But is having a net below you, instead of being attached to a rope, enough to inspire the mental state that results in total-immersion-style commitment? You’ll have to try it to find out.
Video created by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith.