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Look across the hill, you aren't going to be going straight down. You will be traversing across the slope so look there. Why look somewhere you aren't going to freak yourself out.
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I don't think that this fear is all that uncommon even among,.. as you put it, "Thrill Seekers"!

I'm scared shitless of heights, yet I do Love to do some rock climbing! Top rope, bouldering, and LOVE rappelling!! But I'm fuckin' paralyzed up on a ladder! I did Roofing in S.Cal. for 5 years after getting out of the service. Used to climb 2-3 stories up 'n' over the back of the forklift to get up on the roof. But standing at the edge, made me freak!

My first 5 or 6 rides up the high speed @ boyne, I nearly shit myself cuz NOBODY was putting the freakin' bar down! Not even little kids!!! All I could think about was how many bones were going to shatter if I slipped or fell off this thing! And near as I can tell,.. Boynes lift ain't SHIT compared to some of the lifts in places out west that I'm dyin' to get to! But you know,.. after the first 2 or 3 dozen rides, I don't even notice it anymore!!! If it stalls, I light a smoke & enjoy the scenery! (...for about 3 min. then I'm screaming 'n hollerin' that they're wasting my ride time!!!)

As for the steeps,.. so far nothing I've been on in MI. has been high or steep enough to freak me just by looking down it. Now RIDING down it, that's a whole other type of (mostly newbie, not got the skills kind of) "Freaked"!!!!

You seem committed enough to the sport to keep at it, So I'm sure time & experience will get you past the fear.

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big fan of what mdp said

make that fear your bitch

try skydiving this spring - "the most fun you can have with your clothes on" - its hard not to conquer the fear when you are standing on a small piece of landing gear at 12,000 ft
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My buddy is afraid of heights, but declines/drops don't bother him.. and you won't see him getting big air on purpose.
He just says you get used to it over time, he's been skiing for thirty years and still hates chairlifts, but he is confident enough to go down steep no fall zones.

I've been skydiving a few times, I thought it would be really fun.. afterwords I felt like it was an epic waste of money, I'd had way bigger rushes Snowboarding/Mountain Biking for sure. I think it's stupid. I went on two tandems from 15K, and once alone.. I mean it's fun for 45-70 seconds, and that's about it..
If I ever get roped into going again I'm going to eat some shrooms or take acid before hand. maybe it would be a little more exciting..
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i dont get how you can be afraid of are still on the ground, and unless you jump, you never leave the ground. Even more confusing to me is how you can be afraid of the bunny hills/ green runs. they are practically flat anyway. the slope is about 9 degrees. Unless you start hitting 40 degree black diamonds on a super icy day you wont fall and keep falling, you can always stop. there is no "height" involved at your level. so just forget about it completely. just do it and dont think about it, because there is nothing to worry about

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why did it have to be snakes
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My buddies' ex was afraid of clowns. I thought that was only something you see in the movies but when a clown was near she freaked out even though it was embarrassing and in public.
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just go for it my second day riding 3 years ago my freind made me drop in on a black diamond and bam all my fear was gone now i rip down the mountain at mach speeds as for the lift when you unload dont try to stop right away ride it out a ways and dig you heel into the ground
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Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
On a similar note, my wife has a totally irrational fear of snakes. Not a healthy, natural fear of venomous ones, a total freak out over the top reaction to even a harmless garter snake. I have a screen saver of the desert southwest and one of the pictures is a huge coiled up Western Diamondback. That screen saver came up and she literally freaked out and jumped away from the computer. I have tried to "desensitize" her by exposing her to snakes but had to give this up as my food began to have a strange almond taste that brought on a strange tiredness......
What did she think of the NS Cobra in the house?
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My wife is deathly afraid of snakes as well. Every once in a while the Discovery Channel has 'snake week'. During those times my wife maintains rigid control of the remote.

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