The fear of letting go

The fear of letting go

This is not a cryptic title to a deep & meaningful post. It simply means that I’m not as tough as I sometimes think I am – for example, I am terrified when I climb to the top of these walls. Climbing up is actually not the part that troubles me, it’s the letting go once I’m up there. To be specific, it’s the letting go when I climb with the auto-belay device that lets you fall for a second before it catches you. I’m breaking out in cold sweat even as I type this.

When a human belays you it’s not that scary to come down, they lower you down bit by bit and at no point are you in free fall. The darn auto-belay device though is what my nightmares are made of. ...

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