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Day Lily.
Id like to know what are others favorite or helpful sayings (mantras, reminders, slogans, chants as just a few examples of `sayings`) that they use when climbing or for climbing training/teaching? To calm, motivate or keeping yourself from being "to bold."

Any lessons you learned that can be condensed into a short saying?

One of my favorites that I repeat to this day (especially when leading in the mountains) to calm myself is: trust trust. Doubt doubt.

Thank you!
The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
Joined Dec 5, 2012
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
Here's one that a more experienced guy taught me early on in trad leading: "less rack, more sack" is sometimes the answer. Less can be more. The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
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Mar 1, 2013
serenity now! T Howes
From Sisters, OR
Joined Dec 13, 2010
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Mar 1, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
don't fuck up and die

-my old man
Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
You're old man was straight forward, no misinterpreting that. Where'd you grow up ben? brawling and fucking in kindergarten; were you also selling cigarettes on the playground and black mailing teachers? The Stoned Master
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Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
The 7Ps- Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance.

Source unknown. I learned it in Infantry School in NC. So basic, yet so true.
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
1,005 points
Mar 1, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
The dirty west...as in western NY. Pretty hardcore out there. Lots of prisons and trailer parks. And deer. A ton of deer. Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
Jake you mentioned one the military taught you so ill share one the military taught me that applies to climbing/mountain environment:

speed is (a form of) security.
The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
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Mar 1, 2013
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after...
The Stoned Master wrote:
Jake you mentioned one the military taught you so ill share one the military taught me that applies to climbing/mountain environment: speed is (a form of) security.


Yes sir, high speed-low drag as they say. The less time you spend in an environment, the less opportunity there is to become susceptible to dangers found within that environment. I imagine this is particularly true in avi terrain and in alpine circumstances as well. I wouldn't know though, because you won't find me in that frigid shit lol.
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
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Mar 1, 2013
Self Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
"Get your hands up in them guts"

and

"Bzaaat!"
Kid Icarus
Joined Jan 18, 2011
17 points
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
Kid Icarus is "Get your hands up in them guts" referring to a crack climbing "mentality"? I'm just curious because that's what my mind immediately went to. The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
Joined Dec 5, 2012
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Mar 1, 2013
C'mon. Can't believe this wasn't the first one posted.
When in doubt, run it out.
cfuttner
Joined Apr 27, 2012
8 points
Mar 1, 2013
Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it

my old man talking about rubbers but it applies to alot of things
pooler
From Albany, NY
Joined Sep 28, 2009
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
"Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it"

That's a good one. That's what runs through my mind when contemplating bringing the #4 along on unknown multipitch terrain and to bring the helmet or not.
The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
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Mar 1, 2013
yeah it's come in handy a few times pooler
From Albany, NY
Joined Sep 28, 2009
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Mar 1, 2013
Upper Parunuweap Canyon
Good judgment comes from experience.
Experience comes from bad judgment.


- Mulla Nasrudin (13th century)
fossana
From Sin City & Bishop
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,121 points
Mar 1, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
Spread your legs and trust the rubber.

I always thought it goes like this...

Relax, spread your legs, and trust the rubber.


When somebody says one of my climbs is a sandbag....

I like to comeback with this.

"I can't help it if you have no skills"
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
189 points
Mar 1, 2013
Top of Castleton
Of course people have heard "Just don't fall" Somehow it works ha

Not really a cute jingle "Don't place gear during the crux"
Ezekiel Thornton
From Akron, Ohio
Joined Feb 6, 2011
80 points
Mar 1, 2013
Me on Supercrack
SIM MA DOWN NOW!
MTKirk
From Billings, MT
Joined Dec 20, 2011
280 points
Mar 1, 2013
Flakey Pull Roof v5
From a buddy:
"Falling on a slab is like drowning in a bathtub; if you think it might happen- just stand up."
logan johnson
From West Copper, Co
Joined Mar 1, 2006
332 points
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
That saying Logan is a good one. Reminds me of a scene from the movie "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" where Little John is flailing, freaking out that he's drowning but he's only in 2-3inches of water. The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
Joined Dec 5, 2012
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Mar 1, 2013
Mind yur top knot

Gravity never sleeps, just waits for you to f@ck up
hrdeyo
From Longmont, CO
Joined Oct 19, 2010
0 points
Mar 1, 2013
Ben Brotelho wrote:
don't fuck up and die -my old man


Me and my climbing partner were told this atop the first pitch of Shockley's ceiling, by a classic Gunks climber, and I hope I can still climb at his age. I have used this saying since.

If this was your father, that is awesome.
Eddie2170
From Orange County, NY
Joined Oct 23, 2012
3 points
Mar 1, 2013
Me
Summit or die, either way you win. Zack S.
From Prescott, AZ
Joined Mar 8, 2010
43 points
Mar 1, 2013
Mt Minsi, PA
"wrap it thrice"

my sister used to say that to me when referring to some of my lady friends, back when I was a young buck.

first time I took her climbing I was tying and explaining a prussik to her and said, "awesome tool and easy to use. all you got to do is wrap it thrice".
Michael C
From New Jersey
Joined Jun 9, 2011
306 points
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Mar 1, 2013
Day Lily.
I've heard: Going up is optional, getting down is mandatory The Stoned Master
From Pennsylvania
Joined Dec 5, 2012
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