I took a six meter lead fall at Brooyar on Saturday. I fell from the fifth to the second bolt, left dangling about ten meters above my belayer. I blew a lot of energy getting over the initial overhang on “Spike,” but poor concentration and bad form were the real culprits.
You learn a lot of things when you fall. Most importantly, that falling is okay. Your belayer will catch you, and you’ll hop right back on. You shouldn’t let fear of falling stop you from going after the climbs you’re drawn to.
Though not without risk, climbing is a very safe sport. After my fall, I got back on the wall and finished. I proceeded to lead another five climbs over the weekend, flashing nearly all of them.
You can breathe your way through anything.