tanding on the edge of the canyon, hesitant to stop to close to the ledge, Jeffrey stared. He had an almost debilitating fear of heights, but was determined today he would face the fear head on. He looked back at Jack, an experienced climber and great friend with the look of fear.
‘You can do this buddy’, Jack said reassuringly. ‘I sure hope so’ he said, his voice trembling.
Jack pounded the support into the rock and looped the rope around a nearby tree, checking over the d-ring and tugging on the rope he knew that everything was ready for jeffrey’s descent.
Taking the rope and looping it through Jeffrey’s harness Jack smiled and said ‘I’m proud of your buddy, this is a big step to face your fears’. Jeffrey knew that Jack was experienced in climbing and repelling, so he knew he was in good hands.
He told him time to make the leap, not jump, but Jeffrey knew what he meant. Stepping back towards the ledge, and grasping the rope with all the might he had he started to step back over the ledge. Approaching the ledge his thoughts went back to the training during wall climbing, and all the techniques Jack had trained on repelling; the hand over hand approach and putting tension on the rope, he knew he had to have confidence in himself.
The first step he heard rocks start to break apart and fall down the cliff, but he did not waiver; he didn’t want to show fear. Hand over hand he made his way, all the while making sure he leaned back putting pressure against the cliff.
This was the scariest thing Jeff had ever attempted, and at the half-way point he decided to take in the view, so he looked to the left and then to the right. The scenery was beautiful and awe-inspiring, and all his trepidation and fear melted away. He hoped his helmet camera captured the scenery in all its magnificent beauty. He never imagined that conquering his phobia of heights would offer such a view.
He continued his descent focusing on his task, and making sure to do as Jack had instructed him to reach the bottom. The ground was in view, and he felt a sense of pride when he heard his wife yell, ‘almost there’. She had supported him throughout his training; and told him she was proud of him.
Stepping on firm ground she ran to him and gave him a hug and whispered in his ear, ‘I’m proud of you babe’.
He stood looking up where he started, he knew conquering his fear a first step to conquering more goals in his life.