Vicar Overcomes Acrophobia, Climbs 165-feet of a Church Building

  • By: Wilson Lawal
  • Date: August 24, 2020
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Reverend Sam Leach, an English Vicar has successfully overcome his fear of heights (acrophobia), after he successfully climbed onto the top of a church spire, which is at 165-feet distance above the ground.

According to the vicar, acrophobia has been his problem for long but he decided to take the bull by the horns and set himself free from this fear by undertaking the vertigo challenge, while repairs were needed in his church, and money was raised for the purpose.

He set out last Thursday, holding on to a rope, and then made it to the top of the church spire successfully, despite having negative and ill-feelings while on the mission. Concerning how he felt after reaching the top, the vicar revealed:

“It was exhilarating. Actually, I would do it again. The view was so amazing looking out over the town center. The fear this morning when I first got up there left my knees trembling. It was unnerving seeing a 25m (82ft) ladder on top of ten flights of scaffolding. In the past, even going up an escalator was too much without hanging onto the rail.

I was not worried about my safety as I was attached to a rope, I was worried about whether I would freeze on the rungs and not be able to go up or down. I was really nervous but, strangely, not quite as terrified as I thought I would be. Maybe it was people praying or something, but when I got to it, I just looked straight ahead. I was not looking up as that’s what makes me go giddy.

After this successful climb, he gave a piece of advice to others who have this fear. He said, “Just focus on one step at a time.”

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