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|employing climbing skills in non-climbing life
I find climbing (in particular trad and winter climbing) can make you a more patient and understanding person who can also balance the need for action, self and people management under most circumstances. These in themselves are skills I always use in project management at work.
Let's face it, nothing you do at work will ever compare to facing a 100mtr slide off some death route in the Scottish highlands when your axes are rebounding off the rock behind that thin veil of ice and the last piece of pro is the #1 camalot wedged into an iced up crack that your belayer is also hanging off (Matty!!!)...*shiver*...when things get hectic/stressful/crazy at work I always think back to those times when I felt like I was going to die and smile, knowing that my skill, hard work and expertise got me out of it, the same way it will get me out of the current non life threating situation at work.
Sport climbing on the other hand just makes you a lazy bastard :P
The cat climbed a 5 metre ponga fern in the neighbours back garden, pushed through the fronds at the top and got trapped up in the crown, miaowing pathetically for hours. I spotted the huge pine tree whose branches overhung the ponga, went and got the rope etc to rap in to effect a stunty rescue. The neighbour took one look at me gearing up in his backyard and went and fetched a saw and mowed the ponga down while I was figuring out the first moves to get off the ground... damn
ps the cat survived...
plus the usual gutter cleaning antics with the harness rope etc as backup (two story houses suck)
oh, and another time, tried leading up to the open secondfloor window of my in-laws house after they locked the keys inside - we just got back from climbing to find them trying to get in so all the gear was handy - very crimpy climbing on face-brick got me to the crux (small bathroom window, those tilt ones that don't open too wide). Had to back off tho 'cos the cam placement protecting the committing move through the overlap up to the window turned out to be more dodgy than it looked from the ground (plus the negative vibes from the in-laws on the ground were starting to psyche me out). We went and borrowed a ladder.
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