inthemtns wrote:Regarding rule 2, I cringe at seeing people leave the harder peaks for last. When it comes to lists, it’s not how many, it’s which ones you’ve climbed that’s important. If you’ve climbed 97 centennials and have Jagged, Dallas, and Teakettle left to climb, what have you proved? So, inherent in rule 2 is don’t start a list unless you know you can finish it. And if you can finish it, don’t leave the harder ones for last. If you leave the hard ones for last, are you going to push through the peak with threatening weather? Or are you going to try to finish the list with a hard peak in October when it’s covered in snow? If you’re climbing a harder peak and you’re not that close to finishing, psychologically it’s probably easier to turn back and leave it for another day.
The bolded portion is the one thing I wouldn't be dismissive of. I know and speak from personal experience when I pushed myself (even on easier peaks for what it's worth) because completion of "the list" was within grasp. Would I make some of those same decisions now that I stupidly earned my check mark? Probably not. It's easy to say "be safe and climb another day," but judgement can easily be clouded when the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is within reach. Think of it as the last scene in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade
. I doubt I'm the only person who has found themselves in that predicament.
If these are the rules you choose to live by, then please by all means do so. Just don't expect many to agree with them. While Krakauer said "Mountains make poor receptacles for dreams," they're also poor places for unanimity.
Peter Aitchison on the risks of rock climbing and mountaineering: "That's life, isn't it? We think the challenge and satisfaction you get from doing this is worth the risks."
"Respect the mountain. Train hard. Hope you can sneak up when it isn't looking."
"The mind is always worried about consequences, but the heart knows no fear. The heart just does what it wants."