Re: [Gmburns2000] ego and climbing shouldn't mix
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The closest I've ever come to dying climbing was because I let my ego get in the way of paying attention to the normal safety protocol.
I got into a big fight with my bf after failing to lead a climb that I had expected to be NBD. He took over the lead as we argued. Mercifully, I sent on "TR". When I got near the anchor, he reached down and grabbed my belay loop and clipped me in to an anchored runner. I just started crying when I understood what had happened. That pretty much ended our trip.
I've felt differently about the utility or justification for any sort of emotional over-doing-it when climbing since then, including getting to hyped up on the positive side. I little emotion helps, but too much concern for how I'm feeling as opposed to what I need to do to climb well gets in the way of doing it.
(This post was edited by iamthewallress on Feb 25, 2009, 7:40 PM)