12. Talk to a Strug­gling Part­ner.

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THE MEN­TAL GAME

When moun­tain con­di­tions are good but your buddy hits a men­tal wall, it’s time to play backcountry shrink. Get him to open up about the things that are hold­ing him back. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s rarely phys­i­cal and al­most al­ways nerves or fear. When that’s the case, look at him and say, “You can do this. I got you.” It sounds trite un­til you try it and your part­ner starts to crush again. – Char­lotte Austin

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