To climb free is to ascend unaided by equipment or the assistance of others. Free climbing normally involves the use of safety equipment – ropes, carabiners, anchors, and the like – but employs these only as safety systems in case of a fall. They do not aid the climber in ascending the rock. To climb unroped, also called free soloing, is not to be confused with free climbing. Free climbing is the epitome of the sport, the level of ethical performance to which climbers aspire. Climbing free while on lead – often referred to as “the sharp end of the rope” – is to climb unaided with your belay and protection below you, not above. While still relatively safe, climbing free on lead can result in some interesting if not epic lead falls. To climb unaided by artificial supports and human contrivances, whether on lead or following, is the purest and most satisfying expression of the climbing spirit.
Free climbing illustrates for us the passion and purity we should have for living each day unaided as much as possible by dependence on artificial supports and our human contrivances. We are creatures of an almighty God, created expressly to live in His presence and power. To do so is the highest expression of our living. It is our “free climbing,” if you will. Religiosity, false beliefs and practices, living out of the false self instead of the true self are some of the contrivances on which we rely, but which serve to hold us back in the one pursuit of true and honest living. The posts labeled “Climb Free” will focus on thoughts and ideas related to freeing ourselves from our artificial supports and human contrivances, those things we think are our servants but which truly rule our behaviors. Climb Free will focus on the thinking and practices that allow us to live in the presence and power of our God, with as few encumbrances as possible.