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Deep Blue Sea on Eiger Nordwand - A Rematch 23-Jun-2014 At 11:40:17 AM PThomson
On 23/06/2014 nmonteith wrote:
>Let me get this straight - you would fly BACK to Europe for a rematch in
>a months time?! Why didn't you just stay longer!

2 reasons:

1. My climbing partner was heading off to Croatia and I didn't have another one lined up.
2. It would necessitate the loss of my job without any guarantee of a rematch, and in the interim the route itself is still out-of-condition and unclimb-able.

Unlike Ceuse, Switzerland wasn't exactly the centre for climbing hang-outs, and the calibre of individual necessary to tackle Deep Blue Sea wasn't just going to meander into Interlaken and look me up.

Additionally, of 14 days in Europe, only 2 if them were completely dry days. I've spent a lot of afternoons/evenings in my tent trying to dry ropes, cams, draws, slings, etc in my sleeping bag. So, it's not like the weather was in my favour to keep climbing in the area.

So yes, I would throw away another $1500 to fly back there in a months time assuming I can line something up. I will try and convince my work to give me more time off, but if they won't and all the elements of the equation are in favour of Big Sendage... well, a job's a job.


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