Jul 15, 2013, 5:01 AM
Registered: Aug 30, 2012
The question isn't specific enough. Are you talking about sports climbing in a gym or high altitude trad climbing? Do you want to achieve the highest bouldering route or be able to climb formidably high walls which are bloody hard and dangerous?
Fear of falling is what holds most new climbers back. You have to ask yourself, 'do I trust my belay?'
Nobody wants to fall off, its frustrating and I absolutely agree that when you haven't got a good nut placement and there is a thousand feet of nothing below your feet, it feels freaky.
I often hear myself saying, 'would you mind leading the next pitch' but it tends to happen when I'm feeling gripped and ready to go back down. Leading an intricate puzzle of rock is for most climbers, what its all about.
I suggest you bring yourself down a peg or two and start leading in some easy routes. Learn to clip in quickly and smoothly. Try looking at the route ahead of you and don't get fixated on the clip in itself.
I used to show jump and the one thing you must never do is become fixated on the jump you're jumping but always look ahead for the next jump. I do the same when I'm climbing a sports route.
(This post was edited by DemolitionRed on Jul 15, 2013, 6:01 AM)