To compare mountaineering to our way through life may be commonplace blah. Nevertheless I admit that I learned quite a lot from climbing which was of good use in life's lowlands. Before good climbers start an ascent they spend weeks, months and sometimes years studying the rock face, considering carefully and in detail which way to go. If they are not totally sure they can make it on their own, they select partners who can meet the challenge and whose abilities complement each other. Then they choose the properly fitting equipment, considering all imponderables. And although their goal is the peak, of course, they don't think of it when they are climbing. They just concentrate on what they're doing, and try not to make a fateful mistake as they move up to the next secure slab.