Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.
— Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Here are a few photos from a beautiful free solo of the 2nd Flat Iron around Chautauqua near my home in Boulder.

A cool and sunny spring in Colorado allows a number of opportunities to challenge yourself, both emotionally and physically. And I am blessed to be held by friends at such a lovely and emergent time in our lives.


When you free solo you have no rope, no harness, and only yourself to face. These questions tend to come up for each of us in a myriad of ways:

What does it mean to be truly free?

What does it mean to embody this true freedom?

What does trust look and feel like for you?

How do you show up for yourself when the perceived risk is gone? How do you challenge yourself through actual risk?

How are you trusting in yourself lately? In those around you?


What matters is HOW you're paying attention to what comes up when that idea of security is gone. This is when things get interesting. 

David Cumming