Topic Author's Original Post - May 10, 2014 - 10:37am PT
No need to bring up the obvious, but some activities add a little more spice to the game. You can't fall asleep at the wheel, and in fact you better learn how to play when you're beneath that wheel.
I was thinking of the inevitability of a leader fall and how important it is to have a good understanding of placing protection, rope work, and your own abilities.
For Boating the same applies and you're gonna need to know how to roll
I was watching a BASE jump video and it looked like so much fun. And it looked pretty dangerous also.
The two go lock step together-it better be really fun to be worth the big risk.
Nowadays things are a little more prosaic, and I'm too much of a fraidy cat to swim in the deep water but I like to hear how people prepare for their adventures.
So how do all you highballing loners and back country skiers get ready for a day in the field. When do you turn around, or portage, or whatever you need to do when it just doesn't feel right?
Funny thing. . . I think I was safer as a beginner. . . but maybe not.
In the beginning, EVERYTHING is a rush, whether you're smack dab in the middle of "Assumed Fear" or teetering on the edge of "Real Fear". With time and experience you become jaded and you spend a lot less time in the "Assumed Fear" space. You kind of latch on to the "Been there. . ." mind set and forge forth, sometimes blindly.
There's something to be said about time and experience, but there's also something to be said about sizing up every situation for its own risks.
These days I don't back down from many things, once I've committed to them. The backing down phase comes pretty early in the planning phase. That way it's more authentic to make commitments that are actually attainable.