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mrzschunke


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I know exactly what you mean. One strategy that helped me was using a concept and practice I was already partaking in. I'm a practicing buddhist. During meditation and everyday life I strive to live in the moment. If i'm eating. I eat. If i'm reading I read. It is hard to keep focused and not let your mind wander. The same is true for climbing. Try to focus on the simple act of climbing and be in the moment. It will take some time and is truly a practice, but may help you deal. enjoy!


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mrzschunke wrote:
I know exactly what you mean. One strategy that helped me was using a concept and practice I was already partaking in. I'm a practicing buddhist. During meditation and everyday life I strive to live in the moment. If i'm eating. I eat. If i'm reading I read. It is hard to keep focused and not let your mind wander. The same is true for climbing. Try to focus on the simple act of climbing and be in the moment. It will take some time and is truly a practice, but may help you deal. enjoy!

Agreed. Good words of wisdom there.


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I am terrified of taking a leader fall not because I am afraid of decking or gear failing, but because getting jarred like that tears up my back which is already injured. That's why I generally only lead stuff that is much below my following level.

It sucks but it's better to be leading moderate grades than to not be climbing at all!


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my fear lies not in taking a fall, but in trusting myself and my placements

Exactly same for me, really it's the trusting myself to complete it bit. Sometimes I find myself chilling out right before the crux move trying to 'talk' myself out of the fear. It's funny, I never thought I would use something I learned off of a tv show, but.... when asked how a certain character got over his fear he said "I let the fear consume me for 5 seconds and that is all i let it do" I have found that if I let that fear of actually trusting myself to make the right move consume me for the time it takes to stare at the next hold, then I make it... it really is more a fear of failing then a fear of falling.

egh.. that's my two cents

Cheers,
~nic

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