6 Tips to Overcome Climbing Fears

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July 13 2017

Everyone is afraid of something, and many rock climbers face their fears on a daily basis. Some climbers already know how to overcome these mental challenges; however, many are still being held back by them. Until we learn how to control our fear, we are limiting our true potential.

I started climbing almost five years ago. I instantly became obsessed with the sport. A month after I started climbing, I went to my first climbing competition. After that day, I realized I wanted to dedicate my life to rock climbing. Despite my dedication and love for the sport, I am terrified of heights, falling, and failure.

I was at my second USA Climbing SCS Regionals when I promised myself I would not let my fears hold me back from my passion for climbing. At this competition, I was talking to one of the coaches about my fears. I told her how I am terrified of heights. She responded by saying, “Well, maybe this is not the sport for you.”

I was dumbfounded. I could not believe someone I looked up to just told me I should give up my dreams because of fear. From that moment forward, I was determined to prove her negativity wrong. I was not going to let my fear keep me from climbing.

I became committed to finding every trick I could that would help me clear these mental barriers. I wanted to become the best rock climber I could. I wanted to prove that I am stronger than my mind. I was not going to let anything hold me back.

But how did I do it? How did I get rid of my fears? I didn’t. On the contrary, I have taken control over my fears. I do not let them rule me. Six tips that have helped me overcome some of my mental barriers are:

Bouldering, Athletes, Climbing, Mikayla Tougas


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