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August 27, 2011 7:45 AM Subscribe
How and/or can I get over my fear of (a specific kind of) heights?
posted by RajahKing to sports, hobbies, & recreation (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am an avid hiker, and as are most people that do such things, interested in the nice views at the top of mountains, cliffs, etc. However, I do have a fear of heights that is limiting my ability to do an enjoy certain hikes.
My fear is specific to being in a high open space, near the edge of a steep drop. Here's my self-diagnosis:
- I am not scared of being in planes or high buildings looking down. I am scared of being on a bridge, or on a steep trail.
-I just don't like to be more than 5-10 feet from an edge, which is problematic for some of the more interesting hikes out West. For example, I recently tried to do "Angel's Landing" in Zion, and couldn't get more than 20 feet.
-I don't get panicky, but more like my body locks up, I feel like I am about to jump (not desiring to, just the feeling) and I can't move easily.
-Also, I live in New York, so my exposure to the kind of hikes that are invoking this fear happens about 3-4 a year on trips. I hike a lot in the Catskills (not scary).
Does anyone know if its possible to "conquer" a fear of heights, through repetition, mind tricks, something else?