Going with your gut feeling and trusting your instinct is an interesting element in outdoor adventure that has been mentioned throughout our readings. Tonight, Emilie Drinkwater, talked about instinct during her ascents in the Tetons, Alaska, and her recent trip to the Himalaya. She mentioned a particular climb where she heard a rock whiz past her head, which understandably made her uneasy. However, with funding from her sponsors and in the form of a grant, Drinkwater said she was torn between trusting those gut feelings. Should I listen to my gut and turn around or continue to the summit? - of course she kept climbing... Learning when and how to read gut emotions, as well as how to channel that nervous energy to your advantage, are all crucial aspects and skills in mountaineering. This decision becomes even more complex when you short on sleep, can't think straight because of altitude sickness, haven't eaten properly because of a non-existant appetite, and on top of all that, the summit is "just right over there". In Into Thin Air, despite being "no more than sixty minutes" away from the summit, Göran Kropp displays an incredible degree of self-restraint and chooses to turn around, a decision that Rob Hall is impressed by. Discovering one's own limits is something that all adventurers must discover on their own. Trusting or ignoring that gut feeling that something is off might make the difference between life and death. Only experience offers valid perspective, which ideally evolves into instinct in the future.