Instead of making up a bunch of resolutions I've never kept, I instead try
not to make the same stupid mistakes ever again. I've not always been
successful, but I'd surely be dead if I made many of these goofs more than
1973 - I resolved to never again use the brown fiberglass things that
wires run thru on telephone poles for protection.
1972 - I resolved to better understand the use of runners and the amount
of friction that can build up using a Goldline rope .
1979 - I resolved to never again push the limits of clean aid so close to
the ground (40')
1975,76,78,79,76,75,79,80,80,81,82,83,85,90,92,93,96,95,93 - I resolved to
climb faster so as not to suffer some of the many bad consequences of not
1979 - I resolved to never again assume that since it had been so warm all
summer a sleeping bag wasn't really needed.
1996 - I resolved to never again underestimate the effects of not climbing
for over a year - another cold night on another sorry ledge.
1985 - I resolved to remember to take that damn flashlight (for once)
1996 - I resolved to not overshoot the descent down North Dome Gully.
1977 - I resolved not to undershoot the descent down North Dome Gully.
1975 - I resolved not to ever again believe a stranger when he wants to
climb a wilderness route with you and he says he has lots of experience
but no gear.
1976 - I resolved to never again place a Peck nut in any rock under any
1976,78,80,84 -I resolved to never again miss the "obvious traverse" on a
1974 - I resolved to not buy anymore used gear.
1975 - I resolved to never again believe someone who said that a little
rain on a certain route wouldn't be a problem.(Snake Dike)
Happy New Year