Flowchart: Should You Try That Route?

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Rock climbing is hard—and often scary. That’s why it’s fun. But sometimes it’s difficult just to get up the courage to get on the wall and off the ground. Some routes have legitimate reasons for you to be hesitant, like loose rock, bad gear, and questionable falls. Other routes are fine, but our brains forget that we’re attached to a rope, and that what we’re doing is actually pretty safe. Follow this handy chart to find out if your fear is because of real danger or if you need to start climbing and stop being a wimp.

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Flowchart: Should You Try That Route?