We are never fully in control of our climbing day.
Sometimes a partner bails at the last minute.
Or the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Sometimes conditions are perfect but our project is seeping and wet.
With so many factors out of our control, it is not a question of if Plan A will ever get compromised, but when.
The best climbers turn compromised days into productive days.
When Plan A falls through, they pivot to Plan B.
If that falls through, on to Plan C.
And on and on: as many letters as it takes to get something worthwhile out of a day that others would consider a bust.