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.