By: Ashley Durham
Conquering fear is hard to overcome. People handle fear in many different ways. When I first started climbing, I had a million things running through my head. I would get to the top and start to look down, and all I can think of is how high I was. I was afraid to come down. A climber once told me that to get over your fears you have to conquer them. Once I got to the top, I knew that I needed to overcome my fears. When climbing, you should make mini goals first, before making a huge goal. I coach little kids and I tell them to make mini goals and take it one step at a time. It always makes them feel more comfortable with heights knowing that they don’t need to go all the way to the top the first time around.
You might face many obstacles when climbing. You may not be able to get to the top of a route, or you didn’t train hard enough, or you are afraid to come down. When I first went outdoor climbing, I was terrified that I was going to break something. After doing a couple of routes outside, I felt more comfortable with climbing. It definitely wasn’t an easy thing to do. You have to trust your belayer. You also need to trust yourself that you will get to the next hold. Trust is a very important factor when you are climbing, Trusting someone and your gear will help you conquer certain fears if you have any. Trusting that you can get to your next hold without falling or without saying “take” is something that comes over time.Training really hard will help with that. Knowing that you trained hard enough to get to your next hold is very satisfying.
Being a new climber, there are many things I get nervous about, but once I overcome them, I am able to conquer those fears. The more you do something the better you get. Now I am comfortable with climbing, and I climb all the time. “If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan