Fear Climbing Trees

Because we are generally high above the ground and in spite of the fact that we are tied to the tree, there is usually some degree of dealing with our psychological limitations.

Don't feel embarrassed of being feaiful the first few times that you climb. Fear is a good thing. It is the body's natural response to a situation that it instinctively regards as potentially life threatening. It supercharges the senses and heightens your awareness of everything going on around you. It is a part of why we climb or engage in any of the other sports that entail some level of risk. As you become more comfortable in the trees and gain confidence in your equipment and abilities, your fear will subside to a more comfortable level. Give it time and don't deny it — it is a good thing.

On the subject of fear, the famous naturalist John Muir once wrote:

"In all excursions, when danger is realized, thought is quickened, common care buried and pictures of wild, immortal beauty are pressed into the memoiy, to dwell forever."

Edmonde Burke had some words on the subject of fear too:

"Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain and danger... or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is the source of the sublime."

So, you see, you are in good company!

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