Des needed to feel as ready as possible for the Forth Rail Bridge abseil, so it was essential to minimise his fear of the unknown.
Des and Jennifer visited a climbing wall to learn indoor abseiling.
The instructor harnessed them safely, and taught them how to use the rope & belay to abseil down the wall.
Des and Jennifer abseiled 10 meters down the climbing wall, and Des gained confidence that abseiling (under professional guidance) is safe.
“Fear does not necessarily mean danger”.
– Alison Barr
Return to Childhood High Flats
Des has spoken openly about his fear of heights. It begun when he was a young boy, living on the 22nd floor of a Glasgow tower block.
He witnessed tragic events, and had recurring nightmares for years.
Children make sense of their experiences, using child logic. In this case the logic was that heights were life threatening.
It made sense to young Des to avoid heights, in order to keep safe. This was a successful approach, however it unfortunately created a phobia.
When an adult faces their childhood fear, they can use adult maturity and logic to remove the power it once held.
Des visited a block of flats similar to his own, and used his adult self to re-frame his childhood experience.