What would be some good routes for working via self-belayed toprope in the 5.9 to 5.10 range?
I'm looking to pick 2 trad routes, one slab/face and one crack or mixed--as projects for next year for days when I get stuck without a partner. Ideally both routes would have good enough pro to eventually be led. (Pro doesn't have to be perfect but nothing R for me.)
You may ask in the sport section. In trad, I don't know a lot of true trad climber who will like to work a route. We had a topic on working layback and it look like that there is many layback...and you will be able to eventually led every layback in the world at your level"
, not just a couple of route. I did self belay in trad, I was leading easy route that I solo after a while.
I also do self belay in aid climbing, I place one pro, remove it, place an other, remove it and stand on the third one, the most scary one, to understand how to place a good pro. Ed Webster also do a training on trad, that I learned from second hand: took your rack, go to barber wall and place every single pro that you have in a pitch...to find rest, when it is a good time and you make sound placement or when you are at the wrong place at the wrong moment.
In a gym. it is also possible to train technicaly to onsight a route anywhere in the world by doing, for example, very open layback, to the right or to the left on a same route. Unfortunately, the presence of sport climber is very important and, even in a gym, you just train to show at other that you climb hard and there is no route call layback training...or undercling training or flag training...etc.