Keeping it together, while under pressure is not a gift (per say).  It comes with a constant dose of being Purposeful and knowing the right thing to do… Placement.  While hanging out with some amazing trainers, as well as technicians… many of whom are US Marines, I caught a glimpse of what professionalism is.  Learning and gear, are simply two of three components.  The third is experience.  And experience only comes with time and the willingness step it up and get out of the comfortable.

Purpose is simply the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.  In other words, you need to know why you are there and have as your intention orobjective focused specifically at that point.

Placement is the action of putting yourself, someone or something in a particular place or the fact of being placed… for a specific reason.

During the referenced scenario, Matt Shove (Peak Rescue Instructor and owner operator of Ragged Mountain Guides) had been discussing anchor setting and the use of camming units and nuts.  Being in the moment and understanding exactly what the objectives are… i.e. loads, direction of pull (vector), proper placement and force on the anchor were all made very clear.  There is not a ton of tolerance with using these products, however, when done properly… they can exceed many of what some might call “solid” and really aren’t.  The difference is in the detail and experience.

These are actually a life skills.  If you don’t make these part of your life, they won’t be part of your training. Not trying to be a mom, but I am wanting to be a good steward with what has been given to me… so simply passing this on.

So my friends, keep this stuff  in mind when your are out rigging or configuring something within the box or out of the box.  Be willing to experiment, but never lose sight of the goal and the process and remember… if it ain’t simple you could be climbing up the wrong tree.

  1. What is my purpose?
  2. What is my placement?

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