Here’s How to Combat Fear on the Fourth Class Terrain


The fourth class terrain can really put you in the danger seat when you are climbing or hiking. So, when you feel fearful reaching that very terrain, here is how to fight it like a pro, according to escalade Montréal .

  1. Be wary of the objective hazards

Ice, rockfall, avalanches, icefall, wind and other fellow climbers on the route can impact the objective safety of a scramble. If you are not well roped in the third and fourth class terrain, then there are a lot of odds of risky consequences. It is very important to check what can impact you on the route and consider the same. If ice or snow would make your route risky, you need to take a u turn on that. Also, you can pack a harness, shorter rope and a few gear pieces for building an anchor and you can belay short parts of high exposure. Hence, keep in mind that just because the scramble is not rated doesn’t mean it is not risky to your life.

  1. Listen to your intuition

If there is a nagging feeling that something doesn’t feel right to you, always acknowledge that feeling. There must be a reason behind why your instincts are bothering you. Sometimes the pleasure of being on the mountain comes when we go beyond our fears, but the gist is to make the most of the experience and get home safely. So, if something doesn’t feel like fun, always listen to your gut instincts.

  1. Keep an eye on external motivation

Peer pressure can impact your decision making abilities when in the outdoors, no matter if it is coming directly from your fellow climber’s mouth or indirectly via watching others on the internet. Notice where your mind goes when you think it if you want to stop somewhere. Would you be disappointing someone or yourself? Stopping and taking a u turn takes a lot of bravery and true confidence in your own abilities which is a rare thing to happen. But paying consideration to others’ opinions rather than your own when you are busy evaluating can cause you to make decisions that you may regret.

  1. Choose good partners

It is great when you are all aware of your own skill set, but if you feel like you cannot openly discuss with your partner, then that’s a problem. When you go out with people who are on the same page with you, it keeps you happy and safe. Before heading out, discuss your objectives, expectations and hazards you may confront along the way. Discuss your concerns and the conditions that can deviate you you’re your path. Check the weather conditions and other necessary factors before taking a radical step.