"Don't look down" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Hood Favorite Tip by goingsolo
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Favorite thing: As the 3 of you who read my pages know, I am terrified of heights. Needless to say, this causes me difficulty on a mountain. The technique I generally use is, simply, to not look down. Actually, that's not look straight down and to focus on a point that isn't too far away and just work my way down one small step at a time. I even tell myself "don't look down". Sometimes, I'll even say that out loud.
When you're on a 50 degree or so slope and descending, it is impossible not to look down. The guide belayed us for this part (see next tip), but its still disconcerting to see nothing but white below, above and in front of you. This is especially true when you are afraid of heights.
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