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How can I get over my fear of heights? Answered

I need to climb my wind gen tower a couple times a year,(about 55 feet) my knees get wobbly after 25-30 feet. Then I cant let go to do any work.

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Spaceman Spiff (author)2009-06-27

Get Hypnotized; though I like to do things myself, a little mind control can help if you really need it. Hypnotizing is fairly successful when it comes to overcoming fears.

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ShadowB (author)2009-06-14

All good answers, Thanks... I'm working on the little at a time approach, about 1/2 way so far.

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rickharris (author)2009-06-14

You never will HOWEVER you can learn to control it. Even famous mountain climbers can be afraid of heights. IF you fear gives you vertigo - Find another hobby at lower level because you are not likely to overcome it.

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memyselfand1 (author)2009-06-14

Don't look down. I know exactly how you feel about heights. just look up and try not to think about it. Alternatively, get a smaller tower.

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frollard (author)2009-06-13

There are a few adages that might help: Falling from 30 feet is pretty much as bad as falling from 55 feet. (for example, in my line of work (911 operator), a 'serious fall' is anything over 6 feet)... As others mention, try climbing as far as you're comfortable, and just relax for a while, get used to it. Build your confidence slowly. Use safety equipment. Use 2 sets of safety equipment. A longline to the top on a grigri belaying hook, and a short shock line that you hook and unhook on each few rungs as you go up. Latch yourself on to the safety rope, climb about 3 feet, and 'fall' on purpose. Feel what its like so you know if you lose your footing 1 or 50 feet off the ground, you'll be safe - and this should reassure you. When you take the element of danger out - logically and perceived then the fear will become irrational, and you can overcome it.

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ANDY! (author)2009-06-13

Just say it's fun and get it over with. Look down and enjoy the veiw.

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CrawdadMan (author)2009-06-13

Take it step by step. If you climb up about half way or some more often and slowly work your way to the top it will be a walk in the park instead of that dreaded time of year. If you do it more often , you will start to feel comfortable with being at the top and then you can actually get some work done.

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Emsaid (author)2009-06-13

Try climbing up there every day to were you can't climb any more and just hang out up there try reading a book or doing something else, after a couple of days you'll get used to that height and you can climb higher climb higher

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