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catga86


Jul 23, 2004, 3:21 PM
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I picked up this book after Arno came to Peak Experiences for a climbing slideshow. I was very impressed with what he said...
I have been reading the book, and the first thing I knew from reading it is that I need to work on my Ego a bit. I really would love to change that. I don't like that when I am climbing better than other people.. that is a good, but when I am not climbing as well.. that equals a bad day..
How have some of your guys and gals coped with that? What have ya'll said to yourself when you start to feel that? How have you changed your behavior?


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Jul 25, 2004, 4:48 PM
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Try defining what a good day means to you each time you go out.

Falling on things within your normal ability isn't bad climbing if you only had 3 hours of sleep or trained too much or are sick or your wife left you or if it is 105 degrees out. Not excuses but there are reasons we are lmited on any given climbing day. Identify your limitations daily, and try to surpass them.

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I've been fortunate enough to climb with a partner who is very ego driven. We don't climb together very often, for that reason. If he does better than me- he's a real arrogant pain in the ass and if he battles or has to bail and let me lead his pitch- he's sheepish.

He's actually quite a good guy and in a million other ways I'm a lot worse than him- his behaviour and attitude have taught me tons though. I'm not entirely sure if this can be seen as advice or even a direct answer to your question but sometimes it's easier to see the splinter in my some one elses eye than it is to see the plank in my own.


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Focusing on learning and expaning your knowledge will help. When your goal is to redpoint, or onsight, or climb .11b, your ego begins to come into play. That doesn't mean you can't push yourself. Going outside of your comfort zone is where you learn. You can learn no matter how "well" you climb on any given day. Because of this you can find success regardless of the outcome. That will help you supress the ego component.


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Catherine, I found a reference to my suggestion on page 124, in the exercises section under the caption 'Shirking Observation'. J


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