Bitesize: Free Solo climber Alex Honnold - Fear and how not to be ruled by it

"When you feel afraid, ask yourself - are you actually in danger?"

Alex Honnold is the Oscar winning Free Solo climber who scaled El Capitan, a sheer rock face twice as high as the Empire State building, without ropes or safety equipment. Alex therefore knows a thing or two about fear and consequence.

Alex explains how often when we feel afraid we are not in danger, it just feels like we are. We are simply experiencing a cluster of thoughts in the mind and sensations in the body. If we can recognise what's going on, we can stop being ruled by fear when we are in fact safe. Alex explains the power of preparation, and how his approach to climbing El Cap - a gradual expansion of your comfort zone - can be applied to things like social anxiety.


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