How is surviving a mountain climbing accident like GTD?
I watched a documentary-style film last night called Touching the Void. It's about two young climbers who survive a horrible accident during their descent of a mountain in the Peruvian Andes.
The story of what happened to these climbers is well-known, but if you don't already know about it and prefer to be surprised, don't read on!
There's a lot to say about the film and the experience of the climbers, but I thought people here might be interested in the coping strategy of Joe Simpson after he had accomplished a grueling climb, broke his leg, was abandoned (justifiably, in my view) by his climbing partner, crawled out of an ice crevice, and slid down a mountain.
He pulled himself backwards across a glacier on his butt (and later stood up and hopped on the rocks) with discrete goals for himself (I have to make it to that boulder in 20 minutes). That strategy kept him alive in his crawl back to camp.
I know the analogy is far from perfect but I was struck by the similarity between his strategy and recommendations to break up the tasks (in our admittedly mundane and not life-threatening) activities into smaller parts. It was very inspiring.
And for lots of reasons, it's a movie worth renting.