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Slow and Steady Hikers Message Board › Mountain Brain?

Mountain Brain?

Laurel A.
user 8226501
Canmore, AB
Post #: 61
I can't take ultimate credit for the term "Mountain Brain." It's a term we use in the Calgary Scrambling & Mountaineering Club to describe a "rich headspace" which includes: connecting with intuition, good decision making/problem solving skills, technical education, and social dexterity.

An observation: you can do everything right by the book, and still have a disaster. You can do everything wrong, and flub your way through. But the odds of effectively managing whatever you encounter on the mountain are improved tremendously if you have "Mountain Brain." Jerome has it in spades, but he was thrust into a high energy drain by having to counsel, or parent the many dynamics or actions going on with a larger group on a serious mountain - to make sure it played out safely. Not all organizers are wired to be good at that, and quite a few burn out if the demands outweigh the return. This is why it is so important for YOU to always respect the parameters an organizer places on a certain trip. If you can't, shop around for another organizer. That's not personal at all. That's common sense. Respectful. Trip suitability shopping is no different than grocery shopping. You're looking for the right product. That product is a combination of you, the leader, and the social circle it includes. If you're a thoroughbred soloist who isn't into crowds, puleeeze don't project your requirements on a perfectly great group of endurance-based turtles who love to share. Find your own ilk and celebrate those similarities.

Different expectations sometimes raises the conflict/confusion factor and puts the organizer into overdrive trying to re-balance things. That's unfair. My personal experience goes like this ... the very person who says to me: "why try to control everything all the time? Why don't you just chill and let people do their thing?" is the same person who in turn expects me to resolve it when something goes south.

Mountain Brain. It's your responsibility to recognize if you have it, need to polish it, or help someone else learn about it!
Andy D.
ThePiedPiper
Group Organizer
Calgary, AB
Post #: 68
Thanks Laurel, awesome words.
A former member
Post #: 16
Thanks Laurel, awesome words.
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