Jess

17th Mar 2009

Question:

I have been bouldering for about 6 months now and started going on the ropes about 2 months ago. The only problem is, I'm terrified of heights. Each week I go on the ropes I get a little higher but I seem to have 'hit a wall' so to speak. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to get any higher for fear of falling. I know it is irrational because I have a rope attached to me but I can't seem to shake off this fear.

Climbing is something I really enjoy and I don't want to not be able to get over this fear. I have a climbing holiday booked and would really like to be able to do some of the routes outside.

Please help.

Many thanks,

Jess

Answer:

Oh dear, not a great scenario. It sounds like there a few things that could be going on here but I think it will come down to issues of confidence and trust.

Funnily enough, I can totally relate to how you’re feeling, as I had a fear of heights before I got into climbing. The first time I tried climbing I was 12-13 yrs and was absolutely petrified. Then I was taken abseiling with the school when I was 14yrs- again