My foot slipped and my heart dropped to my stomach. I froze, clinging to the side of the wall, my fingers aching. I looked up, Could I reach the next hand hold? It seemed so far away. And then I made my biggest mistake. I looked down.
Instant vertigo washed over me as I imagined the snap of my neck, striking the ground below. It looked like miles to the bottom of the climbing floor gym, days. Adrenaline coursed through my body, and I began to tremble. I couldn’t do this.
“I want to get down now!” I said shakily, calling to the instructor. “Um… NOW.”
I was eight feet off the ground.