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Deep-water soloing, sometimes refered to as psicobloc is a form of solo rock climbing, practiced on sea cliffs at high tide, it relies solely upon the presence of water at the base of the climb to protect against injury from high difficult routes.
Popular climbs for Deep Water Soloing in the UK can be found on the coastal cliffs of Dorset, Devon and Pembrokeshire.
Deep Water Soloing is NOT an activity for children or the inexperianced. And must always be climbed in the close company of at least one buddy.
This activity should only be attempted by those experianced in both climbing and well practiced in the art of falling, especially 'entries'. Always start these from a low hight. And learn how to hit the water with reasonable safety.
Deep Water Soloing is the most natural form of climbing. It is climbing without the security or encumberment of ropes. It is climbing with the fingertips on rock, relying soley in the sea as a safety net. You will not get the same feeling from dragging a full rack and ropes up a classic traditional pitch. And you won't find the same experience on a hard sport route, reassured by a harness and rope always to hand.
It is important to be familiar with your venue. Know the height of the top-outs, the depth of the water, and the height of the difficult areas. Always know your shortest/fastest exit from the water, especially in early season, when the water's cooler.
Know the tides and sea state, for the venue and be well acquainted with it! Tides are your key to Deep Water Soloing, so be familiar with EVERY aspect of them – their timing, their (mood) swings and their variations. YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.
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Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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