/ Getting people psyched to start winter climbing!!!
I think it is because winter climbing is like that. I only do grade I/II stuff but feel pretty intimidated approaching the start of the route. Getting out the door is just an earlier test of willing.
I agree with you, but consider it a test: if you can navigate the negative bullshit you are a step along the way in what is an uncomfortable sport.
>as a beginner to Scottish winter climbing I have found it hard to get psyched to start climbing
I've been climbing for about 20yrs and I've never struggled with the psyche aspect of it. I'm excited by the possibility of good conditions and good climbing (regardless of the grade).
Top tip- don't worry about the armchair pundits- if you like it you'll keep liking it.
So what if you see a bit of flaming on t'net? Do you know these people- no.
There's lots of good info online that will help along the way, but winter climbing is definitely one of those areas of life where's there's no substitute for learning 'on the job'. In some respects, getting from the bottom to the top of a particular bit is the easiest part of the day - judging what is an appropriate round given the weather and snow conditions now and over the past weeks, having good navigation skills and the confidence to use them, even learning how to manage yourself and your kit to keep everything safe and warm are all important as well.
I think just about everyone who's out and about on the hills in winter has had the opportunity to learn from their own screw ups, but the ideal situation is to get yourself in tow with one or two more experienced folks who can help you develop the knowledge and understanding in as safe an environment as possible. You may already have done this, but getting involved with organisations like the Scouts, Cadets or similar might be worthwhile, as they tend to have well-developed programmes for introducing people to the hills in summer and winter.
I'm 50 now, so hopefully I still have a good few years left in the hills yet, but if I have any regrets about the last 30-odd years of hillwalking and climbing, it's about the stuff I didn't do, rather than the things I have. If you have dreams and ambitions, then pursue them, however daft they seem to other people.You might not achieve everything you want to, but nothing guarantees failure more than never getting off your arse to try anything at all.
When I started climbing, you found a partner, who hopefully was a bit more experienced than yourself. (There was no internet). You didn;t need 'stoking'. All you wanted was a partner!!
If folkj are glued to their sofas, no amount of internet encouragement is going to change it.
It would be morally reprehensible and flat wrong if we did.
It is dangerous, easily more dangerous than anything most UK citizens, outside of our soldiers serving in Afghanistan, will do in the course of their day to day life.
If you want to go climbing, go climbing.
However, don't expect others to actively encourage you to undertake an activity that would very possibly double or triple the chances of you dying next year.
There's your problem.
There used to be things called books and friends, or at least trusted acquaintances. I believe they still exist, but you have to go out to find them. They will help provide some of the knowledge and confidence you seek, but ultimately climbing is a journey of exploration for the individual - the curiosity and motivation must come from within.
Now get off the internet and go outside; I don't want to see you until teatime. ;-)
I'm with the Ex-Engineer; winter climbing is great and if you ask me about it I'm going to be enthusiastic. But equally I'm going to counsel caution if that seems appropriate. It's possible to be motivated and yet careful at the same time.
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