Developing the Head Game

Whether your passion is summer, winter, climbing or walking you may have to decide how far you step towards your perceived limit of skills, knowledge and experience.  One thing is for sure, you can, if need be and you desire it, push yourself a little further than you realise.  This is not only good for your confidence in the chosen activity, but it is really good for your mental health.  Talking about how you feel about walking alone in the mountains in bad visibility or at the sharp end of the rope when the protection is less than perfect – or the last bit fell out! ……… is again very good for you.  I love sharing experiences and talking with walkers, climbers and mountaineers about how they handle situations.  In opening up and arguably demonstrating a level of ‘vulnerability’ e.g. ‘I was pooping myself and it was an easy route‘, we increase our resilience not just to mountain pursuits, but to other life challenges.  Dare to challenge yourself this winter and join me for a liberating experience in the mountains.  I can’t guarantee the weather, but I can guarantee a memorable, exciting and positive experience.  Go on, take the plunge.  

Author: Will Manners

Will Manners is a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (WMCI), and International Mountain Leader, a Nordic Ski Instructor (BASIO 2) and a Mountain Bike Leader. Passionate about all things in the mountains including hill running, ski touring, bike packing and kayaking.