"The reason why I love the concept of flexibility is it’s not what people expect from mountaineering. People look at mountaineering and Everest and it’s this symbol about achieving goals and conquering summits and it’s all about being terribly focused and driven and one step in front of another and ever upwards, never look back, never quit, eye on the summit. A lot of that is nonsense. That is not how it works. Frankly, a climber who approaches it like that is making some very risky choices.
Mountaineers require flexibility because the mountain is this difficult, dangerous, changeable environment that we can’t fully control, we can’t fully predict. You’ve got to be thinking flexibly all the time. What are the snow conditions like? What are the weather conditions like? How am I doing myself emotionally, physically? How is the rest of my team doing? You need to be able to look at your route and go, ‘Is this the right choice for this moment? Should the plan change as we get up to date information about what’s really happening around us?’ You spend a lot of time on a mountain going backwards. It’s partly that you have to acclimatise. The higher you go the less oxygen there is. Your body is basically slowly failing and there are ways of getting round that but they require going back down and giving your body time to adjust before you make another push..." Cathy O'Dowd.
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