Sometimes I’ve been deterred from getting out after a climb if my sleeping bag is just too comfortable compared to the cold/wet world outside, or I think I’ve got too many (non-climbing) things to do, or the weather looks “iffy”, or I might not get the on-sight. This article on the value of just going was just the kick in the pants I needed to stop making excuses for why I should try that climb on a future vague day called “tomorrow”, instead of on the day I had at hand; “today”.
I’m always willing to turn around on a climb when we’re in the thick of it and things look like they are about to get too risky (anyone who’s climbed with me knows this to be true!), but only recently have I discovered the joy that can come from just giving it a try, even if things aren’t perfect right when you get started. I’ve been happily surprised enough times now that “just going” might be my new strategy…..