A little bit of climbing philosophy

So I came across a great article on the Rock and Ice website about motivation in climbing.  Here’s the link:


The basic gist of the article is that in climbing we are push ourselves to try harder, to try more, and that sometimes this means letting go of our ego, and just trying.  I can almost hear myself in the article, and most people who’ve I’ve talked with about climbing would probably agree. 

It did get me to thinking a little bit more though.  The article really speaks to the idea of trying while climbing.  I find living in alaska, sometimes the try part of climbing starts when you leave your house, or look at our wonderful weather.

It’s pretty easy to motivate to go out on a sunny day.  It’s pretty easy to go out when you have no other committments.  It pretty easy to go out when you know where you’re going and there’s a guidebook.  It’s pretty easy to go out when there’s a group going. 

But when things aren’t easy, do you still go out? 

When it looks like a good chance of rain in Hatcher’s, when you can’t find a sitter for the kids, when you can’t find a single partner to go out, do you still “try”?

I get myself in alot of trouble planning too many things without thinking about all of the impacts to my family, my friends, my job, etc, but I don’t think anyone would accuse me of not trying. 

And I am very proud of that.