Training - Fear of falling

EDITORIAL

Thursday, 2 July

The easiest and the fastest way, for most of us, to improve as a climber is to start to train your "fear-of-falling". At the same time, we spend hundreds of hours training our muscles, very few spend an hour training and practicing falling. If you during your warm-up also include your mental strength, by doing some mini-falls, which could be on top rope in the beginning, you will quickly become a better climber. Once you skip this routine your mental fear of falling strength will deteriorate. At the same time, it should be mentioned that I have never come across an adult climber who was afraid of heights and then was cured of this (wonderful) disease and later could go for long run-outs without hesitating.

A good opportunity with practicing falling is that your belay partner improves the technique and will learn how to give soft falls. Remember that the belayer should always opt for soft falls when there is no risk for a ground fall. This means that heavier belayers should bend the knees or move out a couple of meters from the wall in order to easier give softer falls.

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