No big mtn expert myself, but as I feel a bit in the same boat, and to give a little bump, here my thoughts. It needs two things for steep chutes: ability and attitude. Both need/can be exercised to some degree. So two things could cause this blockade; it's either in your head or your level. Did you ride similar steeps in open terrain before? Did that work well?
I still fight with the psychological part. I well dare to ride fast in open steep terrain but still can get chickenshit when confined by rocks/cliffs/whatnot. One thing is to overcome the need for control = urge to stop immediately wherever whenever I want and just ride. Don't get me wrong, you should always be in control of what you do, but if you feel this urge to stop all the time, you end up sidescreaping. Turns are easier if moving, get very hard if you stop.
Your movements should be absolutely automatically. You need your head to read the terrain as things move quickly in steeps. Try to build up confidence in your abilities in open terrain and proceede slowly to more challenging ones. I exercised by choosing a line from above and trying to stay in exactly this line. Succeeding gives confidence to negociate narrow passages if necessary.
Oh, and theres a third thing: know your limits. There are always ppl who do crazy things and it looks so easy when they do it. It's good to challege yourself but also only in a manageble way. Have fun and stay save
"Yeah... no, that's not clumsiness, that's just being topographically challenged" ~ Noreaster
Last edited by neni; 03-25-2014 at 02:26 AM.