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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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More like, "Afraid of falling?"



It's only 590 feet to the bottom of the gorge. Go on. I'll wait for you on this side.
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This one is only about a 4 hour drive away, for me.
Jasper National Park (Canada)



900 feet down and 100 feet out, at the furthest point.
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I am afraid of heights, but when I know the situation is safe, I sort of like the thrill of forcing myself into somewhere like those two bridges. If I'm in the area, I'd cross them and be happy (but frightened) as I did it!
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The only way you'll get me out onto one of those is on my hands and knees. cry
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10 years or so ago, I walked across on the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado:



It's not glass-bottomed, but at the time you could see through some of the beams looking down, and easily over/through the railings.

It was reopened last year after being damaged by a wildfire a few years ago, and I haven't been there since then so I don't know if anything changed.
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Of course I'm not afraid of heights!

I'm no more afraid of heights than you're afraid of lions. The fact that I'll never climb anywhere high is probably for exactly the same reason that you don't climb on top of a lion.
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I have a weird threshhold. im fine with most heights if there is a railing but there is a spot maybe 3 stories high I struggle with regardless. Above that threshhold I'm fine (below too).

This building in particular I really struggle with, can't do the top floor without clinging to the edges away from the drop like a weirdo.

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I am not afraid of falling, I'm afraid of sudden stops.
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sigmazero13 wrote:
10 years or so ago, I walked across on the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado:





Wow, look at that "safe" completly almost walled up bridge.

Try the Taos Rio Grande Gorge bridge with it's barely up to your waist barrier...





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these videos always make me a bit ill


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These look fun.

Here´s a picture of an awful idiot on tour in Norway with 2300ft of fresh air below him.

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baditude wrote:
these videos always make me a bit ill

Which leads to Standard Free Climber Video Conversation #1:

"Damn! That guy's amazing! What's he up to now?"

"Dead."
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baditude wrote:
these videos always make me a bit ill




Oh my gosh those terrify me. Plenty of folks have died doing that -- I'll never understand why it's a thing.Could only stand a minute of the video.
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Oh my gosh those terrify me. Plenty of folks have died doing that -- I'll never understand why it's a thing.Could only stand a minute of the video.
Yeah... I keep thinking what if the guy hanging suddenly has a muscle cramp, or the guy walking on something is hit by a sudden gush of wind.
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I am afraid of heights, which is one of the reasons I vividly remember this place:



It's the Pont du Gard aqueduct in the south of France, and as a young kid I visited it on several occasions with my dad and younger brother back in the 1980's.

It may only be about 50 meters high, but at the time you could climb right to the top, and walk on the "ceiling" of it, so to speak. No railing at all, and the whole thing was only 8' or so wide, as shown in this old photo I've taken off the internet:



I remember holes along the top, where you could look down into the water conduit itself - and of course, you'd have to walk around those holes - very close to the edge! - if you wanted to get past.
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I'm afraid of heights. Bonus irony: been a professional pilot for 23 years now.

The key is I'm afraid of unprotected heights. If there's anything there for me to lean on/against, that I can justify to my brain is preventing me from going over the edge (a railing, a fence, or any other barrier I can lean on while I look over, for example) then I'm generally OK. (guess I consider being in the airplane a 'protected height', as it's never bothered me in there.)

But if I'm ever in a situation where, say, I'm on an open ledge or edge of a dropoff, then I have some issues.

(edited to add that, while I've never had the opportunity to try them, I suspect some of these locales with glass or otherwise transparent barriers would pose a problem for me. I think it's a mental thing, and if I couldn't see the thing holding me up/back from the edge, I may not handle that well...)
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Nope, not afraid. Doesn't bother me at all.

I'd go on all those.
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I'm pretty afraid of heights.

When I was about 17 and got to be about 6 feet tall I had to crouch to keep me from realizing how high up I was.
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MABBY wrote:
This one is only about a 4 hour drive away, for me.
Jasper National Park (Canada)



900 feet down and 100 feet out, at the furthest point.


wow, that is awesome. in.
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At 6 and a half feet tall (198cm for those who use sensible units of measurement) it's ironic that I have issues with heights, but I do. I wouldn't really call it a fear of heights, but I experience extreme vertigo when near cliffs or other edges. It makes driving into the mountains a pain in the ass when the road curves around an edge, and there's nothing beyond the pavement in front of me except clear blue skies!

I wouldn't want to go anywhere near several of these things pictured. gulp
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I get freaked thinking about heights, and videos of idiots climbing without harness on cranes and towers scare me to death. Extreme parkour videos give me nightmares.
But I have no trouble climbing things or being close to an edge in real life, and videos of people with a safety cable are no worry at all. It's the same with parachuting. My reaction is quite visceral when there is no safety gear, but as soon as I can tell myself it is "safe" all the problem goes away.
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Chalk me up as another one terrified of heights....

But I *love* lighthouses! And I've been up in the great Atlantic lighthouses of the Outer Banks!

It makes for a totally exhausting experience though -- it can take me an hour to climb to the top, stopping at every level to get used to the idea until I can force myself to go higher, and once I manage to get out onto the gallery deck, I have to spend a good half hour or more clamped like a limpet to the side of the structure (to the great amusement of the other tourists), but you ought to see some of the photos that I have taken!

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