don't worry about your choice...death valley, or camping...it was gonna happen sooner or later. That is what I have come to learn. A small tear may heal on it's own, but a large tear does not and it just gets larger over time. I met with my doc for my 6 week post op Wednesday and got all of the details of my surgery. There was even more damage than the MRI showed and he said it had been going on for some time...possibly 10 yrs or longer. My repair was Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, extensive Labrum repair/debridement, Bicept Tenodomy/Tenodisis (not really sure which), and acromion decompression as well has some shaving of the humeral head/glenoid socket, I think he said 4 bone anchors for the rotator cuff, and 1 for the bicep Now over those 10 yrs there were times I knew I did something to it, but it got better on it's own without too much drama or excessive pain.....so I didn't think much of it and got on with my life (riding and weight lifting) until the last tear...I knew something was bad, but even then I was relatively pain free, but couldn't ride or lift so I finally went to the doc. I expected the MRI to report a small tear and for him to recommend more PT. I was blown away when he said I had a "massive" tear since I had full range of motion with very little pain (and I don't consider myself a tough guy in the pain dept). because my tear was chronic and retracted he was able to repair ~80% which he says is way better than what I had. but the good news....I got out of the sling early this week and I starting to live like a human again! I'm 6.5 weeks post op and he says I have great range of motion for just getting out of the sling 4 days ago. He says I'm way ahead of where they want me at the 6 week mark. He actually wants me to slow down and even wrote a new physical therapy order to let the therapist know to back off a bit for the next 6 weeks. I really didn't think I was going to progress so fast after being in the sling for 6 weeks and I'm 47 not 17! I'm really happy with were I'm at right now and looking forward to SLOWLY making continued progress. Every day it gets a little bit better...today on my way into work, I was able to drink out of my coffee mug with my involved (right) arm...which seemed months away just a few days ago...so it does progress faster than you imagine. My struggle is going to be making sure I don't ruin the repair by trying too much too fast. Good luck to you and keep us informed.