Fear of Falling

climbing-35Fear of falling is probably THE main factor restricting the development of a climber. Let’s face it; we all have an inbuilt instinct to survive. The strength of these instincts varies from person to person, and the intensity of the resultant feelings determines how far we are comfortable to push ourselves. The fear of falling is a rational response to the situation faced at that time. Many climbers have never taken a fall of any kind on a rope. These people have not “taught” their unconscious mind the process that takes place when you do fall. They have pre-programmed their belief structure with a certain chain of events that they believe will take place if they do fall. For example, the thought process may be something like “If I fall, the rope will snap”, or “If I fall, my belayer won’t be able to hold my weight”, or “If I fall, the protection will pop out.” Each of these beliefs are valid beliefs, but at the same time they often limit the climber from developing further. By understanding what the actual beliefs are about falling, we can change these to a less restrictive belief, whilst still maintaining a satisfactory level of safety for the client.
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