I have an acute memory as to when I first realized just how terrified I was of heights and, surprisingly, it’s a fear that I didn’t realize I had until well into my 20s. It was back in 2004, on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Alas, if you ever need a place to serve as a barometer to gauge your fear of heights, the Grand Canyon is possibly the best.

Now, while I still haven’t fully shaken this fear, I will say that I’ve gotten MUCH better at coping with it. I don’t think I am quite ready to hike down the Bright Angel trail (yet) but I am finding myself more comfortable with pushing the boundaries by standing along sheer ledges, like the one I was standing on here at Dead Horse Point State Park, near Mesa Arch (located in Canyonlands National Park).

The rationale that comes into play is simply one of necessity. It is necessary for me to get the best possible photo that I can and in order for me to do this, I need to get as close to the edge as possible. I’ve incorporated a few mental tricks to help me feel ‘grounded’ and after a few minutes, I begin feeling at ease.

Now, I just need to make my way back to the Grand Canyon. :)

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