mayhawmaya asked:

My church group and I are going rock climbing at devils lake in Wisconsin and I'm afraid of heights what are way that you can come over them when climbing because I don't want to be the only one that's not climbing because of my stupid fear of heights

Hey what an amazing opportunity!! That is such a beautiful place to climb I’m really jealous!
Okay. Do not be nervous that you’ll be afraid of heights- everyone is. It’s in our instincts to be, we are land mammals. If it’s your first time climbing make sure you’re not afraid to ask questions about everything because knowing how safe you actually are helps a lot.
A fear of heights is definitely associated with the fear of falling. But what you have to realize is that climbing is such a safe sport even though it definitely doesn’t sound like it. You have nothing to be afraid of falling because the rope is there to catch you, and falling becomes kind of fun as you get used to it :)
When I first started climbing my legs would shake all the time. I went climbing the other day and even though it was an easy route and I was having a great day my legs still shook a little because my muscles weren’t used to it yet for the season.
I climbed an 1000 foot climb last spring and got nauseous and almost cried because I was scared and I’m not afraid to admit it because it’s totally okay haha. I’ve been climbing for almost 8 years and still get nervous- everyone does. I guarantee you won’t be the only one nervous.
My best advice is to just take it all in. You have such an amazing opportunity to be climbing real rocks in such a beautiful place that I wouldn’t even think about the fact that you’re hanging off a cliff. I always make sure to take a second to stop, breathe, and look around at how amazing it all is and really appreciate how awesome climbing is. And especially breathe, I used to hold my breath climbing and that didn’t help the nerves.
Climbing is such a supportive sport and I promise you there will be people cheering for you and congratulating you. Don’t focus on making it to the top; focus on having one of the best days of your life thus far! When you get home after I can’t even tell you how good and proud of yourself you’ll feel.
If you have any specific questions feel free to ask! Good luck and let me know how it goes! :)