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Vertical Therapy: Pleasure and Pain – Taking the Sharp End

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Finding a return to normalcy on Willoughby’s steep ice.

“Chris has led a vertical, candled amalgamation of slushy pillars. I can’t find my feet, I’m just hanging on. Even with a rope above me I’m terrified. My arms burn in a way I’ve forgotten they can. Panic clouds my mind. I can get my dual-points on my right foot to stick, but Chris’s mono-point on my left just wont. I can’t remember the last time I fell on an ice climb… never on lead, and maybe not even on TR. I’m afraid of failure and what it means.”

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Photo Credit: Paying for Hubris – Patrick Cooke
Source: Taking the Sharp End
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