A woman climber soloed “The Prow” on Washington’s Column in Yosemite, and writes about her climb here. She admits she is inexperienced and makes a lot of mistakes. But she succeeds in climbing all 12 pitches over the course of 6 days. I liked this quote:
“I’d heard about all the heads on the route, and was scared of them. I’d read on the internet that singing to yourself helps, and the song that came to mind was “Down to the River to Pray” from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
As I balanced up on one mashed in bit of metal with a frayed wire after another I felt strangely calm. Though scary the fall potential was completely safe, and after 3 heads and one free move a bomber cam was reached.”