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I followed my touring partner, Aaron, up the Berlin Wall in Valdez, AK. Matt Kinney photo credit.

Fear is part of the human condition, especially if you like to adventure. Whether you are ascending an exposed ridgeline or standing at the top of big, hairy line, the jitters can hit you and you work through it—or you don’t and turn around.

The threshold—what sends cortisol running through your body and when—is something every backcountry athlete pushes. To feel more confident in your ability to charge a line, you can work on your mental game, building a skill set for coping with your anxiety before and during your next tour.

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