On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 15:21:29 -0400, "Scott Grimes"
>Climbing is a journey into the unknown it's grasp on us will change from
>year to year. Be not dismayed at what you haven't done or thought you
>should have done. Instead be thrilled at the concept that you/we are
>climbers, engaged not in a sport but a lifestyle, with a set of very strict
>rules and consequences that can be very profound.
Got into climbing in the late '60's - thought it could be used to
overcome (what at that time felt like) a fear of heights. Came to
understand that that fear was simply the base of the brain generating
"stay alive" chemicals (so well labeled as: the inner chicken). But
came to the conclusion that (trad) climbing was the ultimate mirror...
in day to day life one could harbor grand illusions of who/what one
was... but on the Apron, 40' above the last bolt on 5.9 nothings (ya,
I know, 5.9 is nothing today), or 2500' off the deck on A4 pins, one
could find out what one was really made of... and more importantly,
one could craft the person one "wanted" to be. Almost 4 decades later,
still find it the ultimate truth/reality check. Also found the there
is a profound inner quiet that can be found under said conditions -
after the overwhelming fear... comes the quiet. The zen of leading.