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Offline Didder

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Post Wall Disorder
« on: May 29, 2009, 03:51:33 am »
After going up El Cap a week and a half ago I came home suffering from what I can only suspect is P.W.D. (Post Wall Disorder).

I've been in a total haze for a week. I finally got around to dumping out and sorting gear yesterday..... Been drinking tons of beer and eating everything in sight (especially junk food)... Memorial Day BBQ's didn't help in that regard.

I've been taking lots of naps and and catch myself starring into space a lot. It took me a week before I could even make a fist. All I can think about is the next wall (June 12-14). I am carrying the Big Wall Supertopo book around with me wherever I go. I almost crapped in a paper bag this morning just cause it felt like the normal thing to do. I find myself on the Big Wall Forum at 3 in the morning.

The symptoms seem to be worse from April-Oct and after longer and more extended days in the vertical.

Anyone else ever suffer from PWD or care to add to the list of symptoms?
« Last Edit: May 29, 2009, 03:54:17 am by didder »

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2009, 09:25:06 am »
I tend to get depressed after a wall. Life at home just seems dull and boring. I posted a similar thread on Supertopo.com called "Post Wall Depression Syndrome."
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=699722

Writing a TR helps a little.

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2009, 09:36:55 am »
I'm pretty much the same way...

Sometimes I don't want to top out and plan on spending another night just below the top, or start late on the first day and bivy low so a two day climb becomes a 3 dayer with two bivies... Especially if I'm soloing ...

I find the PWD kicks in only if I don't have another project in mind. Hence a couple days after getting off a wall, I start researching and gathering beta, buying specific gear, etc, for the next route, even if it 6 months away. I block out the time in my work calendar and tell my boss that I'll be away that week, etc.  This really helps me and fills the void so to speak.

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2009, 09:51:07 am »
i have pre wall disorder.   

i sit in my cube searching for beta and pictures.  i stare at the topo on my wall here.  i shop mgear.  i say 'got it' when anyone hands me something at work.  i look at the 10 day forecast as tho it means something.  my apt is a wreck filled with theories and packing beginnings... 

8.... days.... till....trip...

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009, 10:22:11 am »
jealous, good luck offset! Been there! my wife knows it's all over when Supertopo bigwalls finds it's way back onto the coffee table...
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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 10:35:02 am »
I think the P.W.D. is linked to the same cause as P.A.T.D (post alpine trip disorder), and P.D.D.D (post dirtbag days disorder).

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2009, 03:32:47 pm »
werd to the OP

I just got back and I'm totally in haze. I took a 25 minute shower.


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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2009, 04:16:19 pm »
I found it easier to scrounge around and find the key to lockup the back of my truck than to unload it.  Something depressing about tearing down your car bivy after a glorious week of ledge life and pickup bed bivying.  Something is near rotting, so I think the situation is approaching critical...

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009, 07:56:15 pm »
Dude, when I got off AfroMan, a bear had laid waste to my truck........Took it all in stride.

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2009, 02:22:52 pm »
today, work seems mundane and uninteresting.  Almost a grey color if I could describe it that way.

Drab and opaque.



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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2009, 03:40:16 pm »
Work IS mundane & uninteresting.....That's WHY it's called WORK!

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2009, 12:08:35 am »
it got 'better' - cept for some residual numbness in my tips.

talked to my Big Wall Counselor - the surreal sensation is normal apparently after El Cap when coming back to the working world.

gtg take my medicine now...

 

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2009, 01:19:04 pm »
PWD:

Fingers don't work for manipulating paper
One full month of finger peeling after 1-2 weeks down
Panic hunger pangs every 3 hours, for two weeks
Less need to medicate
Free climbing sequences beyond comprehension
A shower is like an acid trip
You still look dirty after a shower
You drop almost everything, or you drop nothing
Endless wonderment at why we set up our "normal" existence so complicatedly
Pre-white man Native American nomadic existence sounds sublime
Wall spoon, hammer and Leatherman replace most or all kitchen utensils and power tools
Duct tape remains at hand
You're the lightest you've been all year, maybe all decade
A flushing toilet seems like science fiction
Dirt and germs cannot hurt me
Web sites and the gym no longer pacify
Scheming how to get USPS on El Cap
You're high the second you wake up
Planning your next wall is the only pseudo-relief
Nobody except a wall climber can really understand--imagining doesn't count
Say no to limbers, excavators and retro-bolters. No matter how much he smiles.

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2009, 03:07:11 pm »
By golly man youv'e hit it on the head! Had such a bad case this time around and all else has failed so it's back to the valley...

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Re: Post Wall Disorder
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2009, 08:52:42 pm »
indoor plumbing is truly amazing