Mental Preparation

Just as important as physical conditioning, our mental attitude often determines success or failure. Once physical fitness is adequate, the "mind games" we play with ourselves are what really get us past a difficult move or help us decide to back off.

We need to be positive, realistic, and honest with ourselves. There is a personal balance required here. A "can do" attitude may turn into dangerous overconfidence if it isn't tempered with a realistic appraisal of ourselves and the situation.

Many a veteran mountaineer says the greatest challenges are mental. Perhaps this is one of mountaineering's greatest appeals: while seeking the freedom of the hills, we come face to face with ourselves.

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