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On Selecting a Partner

April 25, 2013

Jon Krakauer on being caged in a tent in the back country during bad weather:

“The back country traveler then, in addition to developing such skills as the use of map and compass or the prevention and treatment of blisters, must prepare mentally and materially to cope with boredom, lest his tail grow scaly.  Social creatures that we are, it is primarily to our tentmates that we turn to for relief from the dullness of a socked in camp. It is impossible to use too much care in selecting your companions. A candidate’s repertoire of amusing stories, a store of gossip, and a sense of humor that blossoms under duress should be weighed at least as heavily as endurance on the trail or ice-climbing expertise.”

Seems just as relevant to selecting partners in all matters of life.


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