Mental Preparedness

Preparing for a big climb is more that just physical.  I have to get my head in the game as well.  While I have been mentally preparing during tough training sessions, it is also important for me to study the mountain and the route that I will be attempting.  This inevitably leads to photos of the route posted all over my house - on the treadmill, in my office, on the nightstand.  Oh, and yesterday I couldn't help myself and I created a pivot table, too. ;o

While there are no guarantees in the mountains, studying previous climbs and interviewing other climbers helps me to mentally prepare for I am likely to experience.  Putting this effort in now will help me to feel more confident while I am on the mountain.