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'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Aug 6, 2009 - 07:48pm PT
First of all, thanks for a great photo trip report! McTopo needs a lot more posts like these, eh?

Now - here's the question. Please note that I am not trying to be a smartass, and I do not write this in a spirit of condemnation, I'm just wondering. And it's none o' my business, so please only answer if you feel comfortable.

But what happened? Why did you guys bail? You seemed to be climbing fairly well together and all, the weather looked good enough, it didn't look too cold or miserable. But you guys made a huge investment in time and money to get there, so why knott try to get in more pitches?

I'm a fair weather climber - big time! I'm a total pussy in the cold, and if it gets too miserable, I'd just rather be home. Is that what happened? I always try to figure out the psychology of bailing, so I wondered what you guys were thinking and feeling.

My long-lost partner Jon Fox went up to Baffin Island and climbed some stuff in really cold and miserable conditions. Silly me, I told him I would go up there and climb with him the next spring. Thank goodness I had ONE miserable cold experience in New Hampshire to bring me to my senses, and avoid a Baffin misery epic.
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