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j-s


Oct 18, 2012, 8:08 AM

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Re: Getting over lead falling
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I am not leading yet, but I can tell you about my fall experiences with top roping.

First. Let me say that the fear of falling is sometimes unconscious for many people. I mean : you know that the fall will be safe, but hesitate to let go the wall and find yourself over-gripping each hold with an unconscious fear of falling.

It's part of human nature. However I remarked that kids at the gym have less fear of falling than adults, perhaps because our sense of risk and danger grows as we get older.

For my part, I have never practiced falling when following my TR climbing courses. I think this was lacking and the gym should make new climbers practice falls when they take any course, wether its TR or lead climbing. This way, the climber can reduce his fear of falling, and the belayer can know how it feels and how to stop a fall efficiently and safely (always have a backup belayer if you are novice).

My first fall experience was when I got climbing outside for the second time, still having that kind of fear of heights that's sometimes present when you begin this sport. My partner was a lot more experience than me. However, when climbing one specific route where you have to get out of an overhang located atop, I could not grab the hold and just slipped off the rock. This was an unexpected fall and I could not even tell me belayer that I was falling. Fortunately there was little slack in the rope so I did not fall very low. But the fact it was outside, on a high route, and that it happened unexpectedly made me scream like I was insane.

How happy was I when I realized I was not dead. My partner took a good laugh at me and explained me that fear will subside over time.

Nowadays, in the gym, I am still kind of frightened of falling : what if the belayer does not stop my fall? If the rope breaks?



This is one of the things that only practicing will help you overcome. If not overcome, it will impair your climbing as you will always have this fear in the back of your mind, even if you are not aware of it. It's there, you feel it, and you become insecure, nervous and overgripping holds as you get higher up the routes.

(If you dislike practicing falls, you have to take a one, at least once, wether its intentional or not : just so you know you can trust yrou belayer and the gear. From that point, one has already made a huge step).


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