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I don't think I am the only one that does this, but as you are postholing through that fresh dump of snow, or hauling loads up from basecamp, or frontpointing up that 50 degree snow face, what song or saying repeatedly goes through your head, that you synchronize your breathing to, or time your steps to...


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I have been known to sing ROXANNE at the top of my lungs...you know, step step...ROXANNE...breathe, step, step...YOU DON'T HAVE TO PUT ON THE RED LIGHT...step, step, breathe...THOSE DAYS ARE OVER...step, breathe...and so on and so forth!!!



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I usually sing cadences from my years in the Corps. I know, I know...another "jar head"..but they really help keep my mind off the pain of hauling my rack, two ropes, a gallon of water, lunch, rain gear, inflatable sheep, spare tire, stove, cooking utensils, 20 pounds of rock my kid collected, and whatever else may have crawled into my pack..

Sometimes I hum folk songs as well...


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Someone else carries an inflatable sheep on alpine climbs? Wierd...


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I sing with the tunes on my mp3 player, but when I leave it behind it's...

beer... breath, breath...pizza....huff puff... beer...%$#%, $%^&... pizza...this sucks... beer... why do I do this??? pizza...

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Norm's honest truth, I sing the Hukilau song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow on arduous approaches and slogs.

The one song that is absolutely verboten on ANY trip I'm part of is the Gilligan's Island theme. We're talking justifiable homicide here kids...


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crazywacky,
I'm glad there's a couple of us still out there.

I do the same thing, singing cadences as I slog. I think it's part of the brainwashing we underwent - it's automatic now.

Mick


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I know I'm a bit of a nerd, but the numbers of pi often go through my head as I slog. One for each step.

3.1415926535897932384626434

Also the Banana Boat Song (Day O) with the verses mixed up.

eg:
A beautiful bunch of black tarantulas
Hides the deadly ripe banana


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i just chat with the voices in my head


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I figure if I'm bringing in 120 pounds of crap to spend 3 weeks (or more) on a remote mountain, a walkman, spare batteries, and some cassette tapes isn't going to be that much extra weight to really matter.

Metallica's Master Of Puppets album has a good driving beat throughout. I think our second push up the fixed lines on the 800' headwall above 14000 camp on Denali only took 40 minutes with the rhythm of the masters of metal.

When not using the headset, I tend to have Dave Matthews Band running through my head. Various songs. Not sure why, other than that I like the band and have heard the songs alot, so maybe it's just bouncing around up there in my memory or something.



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On the rare occasion I actually sport climb, I bust out with Tupac's "Life Goes On". Its rythmic.

late'

Kiether


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Nursery rhymes with sexual overtones



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I count my steps. I like the extra psychological challenge.

Mike


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When I'm not singing, I tend to make up very stupid algebra problems and solve them. Like: if I travel 3 feet with each step, how many steps per minute must I take to travel a mile in 20 minutes.


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A mile in 20 minutes? That's 3 miles an hour!!! You are one fast SLOGGER!!! Props to you!!!



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usually i put in Slayer into the cd player in the car just as I'm lacing up my boots and just crank it.

that way the tunes are fresh in my head and away i go

I've also been know to start a sing-a-long of the gambler by Kenny Rogers."On a warm summers evenin/ on a train bound for nowhere/ met up with the gambler/we were both too tired to sleep/ "


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"Where there's a whip, there's a way. Where there's a whip there's a way. We don't wanna go to war today."and so on... From the Return of the King by Tolkien.(only in the cartoon movie)
Also, country songs with the words rearranged into disturbing sex things.


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"Man of Constant Sorrow" it just seems to fit with the slog.

Sometimes Pearl Jam's "Daughter" or "Old Woman Behind the ..." Very strong steady beat.


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"There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home" Clicking the heels of your plastic doubles three times doesn't work however.

Money by Pink Floyd always gets into my head, which drives me nuts since its in 7 and doesn't work out right. Most anything by Miles Davis works out too - So What and and Freddie the Freeloader both work with my pace.


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It's funny how many of us use songs from the Wizard of OZ. I can't remember any chants for the aproach but when I'm leading and feeling sketch I always sing "If I only Had a Brain"
When stuck on endless belay or just stranded on a wall the chant is:
At the bar havin' beer
At the bar havin' a beer
At the bar havin' a beer


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yeah ruby red might work. my purple invernos certainly don't do the trick.


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Ha Ha, home is overrated anyway. Stay in "OZ"


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home is not overrated when your GI tract has self-destructed in ecuador. home is then the greatest thing in the world.

uhhhh.....


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I believe they were supposed to be SILVER slippers, not ruby, but because silver just doesn't look nice in old movie film, they made them red. It was supposed to represent a silver money standard that the farmers wanted. It was an easy solution all along is supposed to be the idea. I guess the book was some kind of polical alegory, but no one knows nor cares about that today. Oz was Washinton DC.

So try gluing a couple silver dollars to your boots next time. Easy answers!


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the MP3 player with a good mix of harder alternative and some softer stuff is great. Second the Bruce Hornsby! But stuff like Our Lady Peace, Better than Ezra etc.. keeps my mind off of the pain.

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