My new aquatic friend asked me this: "what is your greatest weakness?"
To which I replied that I was weak. Not being able to climb steep ground. His advice rung pure, "To climb the Fou, your greatest aim, you must conquer your arms. Be fit. Lock off. One-armers are unnecessary, but lock off and campus and you shall next summer the pure granite walls onsight."
So the Haddock has given me the key. Depression was quashed and now I am ready for a year of devotion for the Fou.