When you watch Xavier de le Rue carving down near vertical faces with extended no fall zones, it’s enough to induce panic attacks so it’s hard to imagine how the Frenchman keeps his emotions in check as he negotiates the most dangerous lines on the face of the earth.
Here’s his checklist to not losing your shit mid-line:
-understand fear is an asset
-evaluate your skills against the risk
-pre-visualize the dangers
-make your decision
….its okay to say NO and turn back
-commit to the line
-make the drop
-enter “video-game mode”
…..Video-Game Mode is something you have to work up to. Make sure to confer with friends that your video-game mode is worthy before trying it out with exposure. Thanks Xavier!
It rained high here in the Pyrenees and been super windy so this little crack was a good route down as it had been protected from the elements. I must say I love the atmosphere of a deep crack mainly because it's generally much easier to deal with avalanche danger compared to a big open face and you get some visibility when it is socked in. @victordelerue @fdelerue @sabinette65 Il a plu bien haut et avec pas mal de vent mais on a quand même réussi à trouver quelques bon virage dans ce petit couloir. J'adore ce genre de terrain, d'abord pour l'ambiance mais aussi parceque je trouve ça beaucoup plus sage au niveau de la gestion du manteau neigeux par rapport à une face ouverte.