Dex wrote:Climbing a class 4 14er when it is above your level and you haven't taken a class/with experienced climber ... Mr. Hankie and Merry Christmas. I would say that is a mistake because you are insensitive to those (not me) who you offended. ... "The Profit Muhammad"
Ok, time to "make friends" with Dex the old-fashioned way... ya know, by disagreeing. But hopefully re-railing this thread a bit.
Never had a class jumped in with a class 2, repeat, skipped to class 4, repeat. I did read a lot and also parlayed in skills developed elsewhere.
Believe people can't offend you, but you can let yourself be offended. Simple trick: consider the source. Sometimes that neutralizes it, and often it can turn it into a compliment.
Part of avoiding mistakes is not trying to control what you can't, nor not controlling what you can (or at least influence). Likewise, in parlaying outside skill, you gotta know where the piggybacking paradigm fits and does not.
"Profit" Muhammad? Well, yes, if your picture shows him collecting interest on a loan some would find fault with it two-fold.
Personal story? Well aside from some of the "learning" documented in my TRs, I'll share another. I was using a pick-mattock hoeing up new trail for N. Maroon. Trying to sink the mattock deep behind a rock in pile of dirt I choked up on the shaft. Problem was it wasn't a pile of dirt but a dirt-frosted rock surrounded by dirt, basically an anvil with the pick's shaft the hammer and my finger in between. *BONG* As I recoiled and took off my work glove to see a gash in the second bone of my left ring finger. Got up, walked over to a rock and sat to breathe. Another guy came over to check and I said I need to take a break (I could feel that adrenaline-induced head rush). He pulled a bandaid out of his kit for me (saving me the walk over to my pack). A little dirty but the bit of blood was keeping it clean. At the end of the day (early afternoon to get off slope and down into camp), I whittled a stick and used a couple bandaids to make a splint after rinsing it. I could still feel a little click each time I flexed it, like when you bend a tape measurer. It swelled a bit, but the color was good (no purple) and I saw no internal bleeding in the morning (dark spots). Worked on then hiked N. Maroon before hiking out to ride out (left hand works the clutch on a motorcycle). It clicked for a day or two at least. When the swelling went down and the skin healed over I had knot. Weeks later when it was fully healed, I could feel a distinct knot that the other ring finger didn't have and thus concluded I gave myself a non-displaced fracture of my digitus anularis sinister's intermediate phalange (left ring finger, ok, maybe negligibly displaced). Considering the tools we were using and the environ we were in, there are a lot worse injuries that can occur. Still, it was a preventable "stupid" mistake.
Now that I've confessed, can I do my penance Church of England style? You know, drink five Bloody Marys, call Our Father for a ride home, and call it good?
You start with a full bag of luck and an empty one of experience. The trick is to fill the experience bag before the other runs out.