False Expectations Appearing Real

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After years of designing and manufacturing safety and tactical products, we decided to explore the outside world! Our love of adventure and the outdoors has brought us into the worlds of climbing, caving, rappelling, bungee jumping and zip-lining! The products we have been making for years gave us the tools and the experience to branch out into these new areas with a full line of great products for all aspects of outdoor adventures.

 We continuously strive to improve our existing line and come up with new products that not only meet but exceed the safety standards (UIAA, CE, ANSI) yet are affordable and practical enough for the everyday adventurer to the professional climber and outdoor enthusiast.  Our belts and harnesses are made right here in California, and our hardware parts are from Taiwan, UK, or Canada.   In addition to our own in house testing procedures, we also use 3rd party testing facilities such as John Batchelor, Midwest Testing, and Exvo OCM Test Laboratories. Please check our "Testing" section on the bottom of our website to view some examples of testing reports.

Many of us are stricken with fear. Fear of heights, fear of falling, fear of pain, fear of rejection, fear of failure. Mostly we’re just afraid of dying. So why do we put ourselves in situations that make us fearful? Some people enjoy the adrenaline rush it gives, or the knowledge of being able to face those fears head on. Some of us like to cower under blanket forts, or escape our mental and emotional anguishes by staring at a box that shows moving and talking images. Those who face their fears question the authenticity of them, and often find that fear is just “false expectations appearing real.”

The queasiness we feel in our stomachs as we test our abilities to confront the unknown, to question or validate our own strengths, and perhaps even our failures is a testament to our human ancestry. Fear is what has kept us alive. Those of us who cower and hide are overwhelmed by fear, and we each value fear differently. For some, it is empowering. For others, it is immobilizing and debilitating.

If we face and confront our fears, we stand a better chance at overcoming them, whatever they may be. For the introvert, approaching a stranger is like a first-time climber finding his first foothold. Opening up and saying hello might give the introvert the same gut-wrenching sickening feeling as the rock-climber when he questions his ability to make the next death-defying move. Both the climber and the introvert question themselves and their ability. They both question everything.

Even the scaredy-cat hiding under the blanket fort questions everything. He fears death in much the same way a climber fears death. He feels the same visceral and immobilizing thrum under his ribcage, the same dizzying vertigo, the same nauseating impulse to vomit. The only difference is the expectations. Are they real? Or are they just false expectations appearing real?

 

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