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General Climbing Discussion

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looking for possible expertise and teacher 14-Jun-2006 At 12:34:23 PM shmalec
"one of big 5"
Tell us exactly what you mean by this?

If you're talking about highest mountians in the world, then you need to build up to them. Just like deep sea divers and ultramarathon runners you need to do it one step at a time. For mountaineering this takes more than a year. More like 10 years. You need to experience all kinds of different conditions, learn how you react to different things, learn to read the weather etc etc etc.

You can't appreciate the difficulty of climbing a big peak until you've climbed a smaller one. That doesn't mean that you won't get lots of rewarding experiences if you decide you want to start. You need to ask yourself why you are doing it though.

Expect a fair bit of ridicule until you have a small glimmer of perspective on the task.
You have essentially sent a little note to Nasa and said, "Looking at building a rocket in my back shed to take my kid to mars for christmas. Any ideas?".

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