|Pitch 9 of 11. Aguja de l'S. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Argentina. January 24, 2017|
- Choose the right footwear. When you can, walk in shoes optimized for walking, rock climb in shoes optimized for rock, and tromp on snow and ice in appropriate kicks. When an endeavor involves all of these things, that gets tough. Make your compromises wisely... For instance, here in Patagonia, we're tackling big climbs after pretty big walks. Our packs are relatively small, and the approaches are strenuous but not technical. Walking in walking shoes, carrying the boots, seems like the call. Those choosing to walk in mountaineering boots are suffering for that choice.
- Use rituals to keep safe.
- Couples? Climbing, skiing, backpacking, hiking? Pure joy, or confounding suffering? Some thoughts on making it work.