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The climber must embrace fear.

Inexperienced climbers admire the great masters for their apparent fearlessness.
But regardless of what one might assume based on their accomplishments, no one is immune to fear. Although great climbers feel comfortable in scary situations, they know that they are only afraid of being fearful.
Don’t imagine one of the good guys calmly watching a big storm approaching. He may be afraid but not paralyzed; he is worried, but he can turn his fear into productive action. It is the mind that creates fear, so fear is subject to the control and commands of the mind.

Acquire the skill (challenging to have, but necessary) of controlling fear and using it as a source of energy. There is no prescription for this skill because every mind is different, but certain concepts can guide action. No one is in control in the mountains. To imagine that they are is simply vain.
Instead, get used to relinquishing control and acting in situations of chaos and uncertainty. Trying to control the mountain’s ever-changing circumstances or struggle with a loss of power only increases anxiety and multiplies its consequences.
Accept this inherent lack of control and focus on adapting your skills and ideas to the situation. To overcome fear, look up, not down. You must be ready and robust, have the will and discipline to persevere until the end of the race. If you are afraid, build your confidence by biting down on what you know you can chew.
If you can, take another bite to go the extra distance. Once you can handle a bigger bite, move on to one more edge. Stay highly motivated, stay on track, and don’t be afraid.
The frightened climber directs his fear to the ground, believing that surrender will bring him more peace of mind. But, unfortunately, this climber is too attached to the base.

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