You decide for yourself which ones are important to you. Just make sure none of them are the monkey on your back.
Cold Thistle is about the alpine stoke. But it is easy to get stuck on gear. I have failed on a lot of climbs and actually succeeded on a few as well. Still, way more failures. But I have NEVER failed because of a lack of or the wrong choice in gear. Weather maybe? But generally it was simply a mental error some where along the line from planning to a lack of will in the final execution.
Only takes one real shitfest in the mountains to realise what ever the bad choices you made they weren't worth the time and money you saved.
Newbies can learn. Just takes an open mind. The ones that already know all the answers seem to get stuck more often than not. Or get even less done.
I found this comment several weeks ago on an Internet forum.
The first comment,
"I never pay full retail, preferring to trade hungry climbers food money for
their used gear."
An observation was made:
"So not only do you buy used but generally from climbers who don't
have the funds or may be the experience to buy the best or the most useful in
the first place?"
Q: Do you plan on climbing in
A: "Maybe, very rarely..."
Q: If the jacket is only going to get used occasionally or sit in your pack then
things like collar height, type of wrist closure, pocket orientation, or some
new down treatment will make no difference to
A: "Indeed- none of those things matter..."
There are times when the only real concern is the price you pay. That kind of economy never seems to
end well in the long run. Applied to alpine climbing it might well be painful.
Climbing (especially alpine climbing) is a thinking man's game if you are to be successful. Nothing that you use or put on is more important than what is between your ears. Nothing. A reality check on that particular space is a good place to start when sorting gear, getting in the car and again when you lace up your boots. Because the reality of it is "everything matters."
The Grunge Couloir: January 27, 2015
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