Monday, February 17, 2014
Trusting Your Team
In the final pages of Chapter three, Krakauer describes the other members of the expedition and how unfamiliar this dynamic of climbing with strangers is to him. Signing up for a climb as a paying customer, with unclear minimum limits to fitness and experience, seems as strange to me as it does to Krakauer. I share his status quo for pursuing challenging experiences only when accompanied by equally if not more knowledgable companions. The idea of venturing into a technical, high risk experience with total strangers seems like a trust fall that I would find to be very uncomfortable. On the one hand, as I write this, I realize that I have participated in Nols and Wilderness Ventures courses and see how these two examples overlap. On the other, none of the trips that I have shown up on with little to no prior training involved elevations and extreme weather that reduce appendages to icicles and brain cells to goop. Krakauer's willingness to recline into a position as the ignorant follower is very interesting to me. Because I consider myself to posses considerable experience in a given outdoor activity that I would participate in, I would have a very hard time relinquishing involvement in decision making as Krakauer did.