Tested by Mountains

Tested by Mountains


Avalanche report, we are actually on risk two. Are we skinning straight from the hut? It must be icy out there, no? We may find wind slab in some positions. Make sure we all have crampons, ice axes, harness and beacons on then we’re good to go. When you’re out in the mountains
you really have to trust your gear. You have to have the right equipment and know how to use it. Standing on top of something that’s super steep you have to have all of your focus. Okay dropping.The last thing you want to be worried about is your gear, it should be something that you don’t even have to think about. The right gear when you know it well can free you up to perform better,
be safer, to have more fun and to make sure you come home again. As soon as you trust your knowledge,
I think that you trust yourself. When you’re out on pretty high steep terrain,
it can be cool, but it can be a nightmare very fast. We never know the mountain perfectly
and so you have to be prepared on that. Reading the terrain, reading the element, reading the mountain. We’re the only one that knows what you’re able to do, the only one who feels how you feel. Pushing the limit is easy but pushing the limit in confidence is something totally different. As soon as we put on our skins,
you have to trust the people around you. In ski racing it’s important to be part of a team
because of your results but out in the mountains in the open,
it’s lives on the line. If you fall other people might fall with you. These people took me under their wings, they didn’t care that I came from ski racing background or that I was slowing them down. Having these people to lean on and knowing that I trust them completely made sure that I was in a position to succeed. It’s incredible what people can do to get up a mountain and what risks they are willing to put themselves in. When the mountain tests you. Trust is all you have, and trust will set you free.

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