There are just some bucket list adventures I have a hard time with because of my panic-stricken fear of heights. When I was younger, I could ride roller coasters no problem but I would shake if I climbed a tree that was too high. When I am in total control, my legs tend to get weak and shake uncontrollably. When I am not in control, I feel fine as I would being strapped to a machine or in an airplane. It is kind of backwards when you think about it but it is a true story. I won’t be incredibly detailed in this post because of that anxiety that comes with heights.
This is basically the same thing with the treetop trek we did before ziplining, jumping out of a tree, and climbing the lighthouse in St. Augustine. Even with shaky knees and tears in my eyes, I still manage to have fun and it is all worth it — once I get back down to safe ground.
It was hard to get into an activity that solely relied on your upper body strength to pull you up and your legs to be the foundation of getting you to higher elevations. This was just an indoor rock climbing gym, thank God, but still. I felt like I was way too high.
Once I reached the top to a few that I didn’t really think I could do, I felt accomplished and happy. I’m just glad I have a supportive husband to tell me I can when I’m stuck at the top thinking “Oh my God, I’m never coming down” and thinking of every single way I could get down without having to climb down. I’m now feeling the burn. Oh, I eventually made it back down to the ground because that slide I was imagining for easy access down was never going to appear.
There were little kids out doing me. Like they were fine and it was blowing my mind. Children are fearless. I think at one point I was trying to climb down and I just couldn’t deal anymore so I simply let myself fall. This just makes me laugh now. Now we know I embarrassingly teared up once or twice in fear, haha, but my husband? Oh no, he was definitely in beast mode though. The muscles he built up in the military really helped him because his upper body strength is intense. He climbed high and accomplished heights with no fear. He was inspirational in fact.
Overall, it was fun but pretty scary if you don’t like that heights thing. I liked being able to climb knowing that I was strapped in when we were on the auto-belays. It was nice being able to just drop because you kind of feel like you’re flying, although I was panicky about that at first too. I still had fun with my husband and I still look forward to dates like this. We bouldered, free-climbed, and used the auto belays. I even dropped from a point once I reached the top and I was pretty proud of that.
I am fearless in every other way but nope, sorry, heights are not my thing.
I made it to the top and got a nice work-out! It all worked out perfectly because we were limited on time. There was an option to do a “quick climb” and they showed us how to use the equipment. It was inexpensive and well worth what we paid. Once I master “mind over matter”, I am going back to own some rocks.