What helped you overcome your fear of heights the most for climbing?
For me, the most effective way to overcome the fear of heights in climbing was gradual exposure and repeated practice. I started by climbing at lower heights and gradually worked my way up to higher routes as my comfort level increased. By gradually exposing myself to greater heights and challenging myself within my limits, I was able to build confidence and trust in my abilities and the equipment.
Having a supportive climbing partner or experienced mentor who could provide guidance and reassurance also played a significant role in managing and overcoming my fear. Their presence and encouragement helped me focus on the task at hand and stay grounded in the moment.
Additionally, developing trust in the climbing equipment, such as ropes, harnesses, and anchors, through proper instruction and understanding of their functionality was crucial. Understanding the safety measures in place and knowing that I was using reliable gear gave me a sense of security.
Over time, with consistent practice and exposure to higher heights, my fear gradually diminished.
Lead climbing multiple times a week, this is what helped me overcome my fear of heights, at least while climbing.
I found a friend to climb with, and we climbed 3 times a week. The frequent climbing amount really helped boost my confidence in being up so high, and my confidence in the gear and the knots and everything else.
Though, this didnt last long, as soon after we stopped lead climbing so often, my nervousness came back, and so did the fear eventually. Now I lead climb once in a while, and its hell for me. The fear just takes over once I get to a certain height.
Maybe if I would have climbed more during that time I climbed 3 times a week, meaning, doing it for months or a year, then maybe I would be more immune to the fear of heights, but, unfortunately it only lasted about a month or two. But during that time, towards the end, I was fearless.