I have been solo climbing, both with and without ropes for protection, since the start of my climbing career 10 years ago. When I was younger I preferred to free-solo, that means climbing without a rope or any other equipment. Just your rock shoes, chalk bag and a strong nerve. I started solo climbing simply because climbing partners were not always available, and I always wanted to do a lot of climbing!
Free soloing is extremely dangerous for obvious reasons but with proper preparations it can be done with a fair degree of safety.
In this site, I’ve put together a quick, as-simple-as-possible basic guide to climbing styles, techniques, and jargon. Hopefully it helps remove some of the mystery, helps you figure out which disciplines you’d like to try, and makes it easier for you to get started.