Thank you so much, Laura.
You’re right, I think frequently reviewing how to be as safe as possible will help. I looked at some videos, just to double check the things I already know, and that made me feel a bit better. I’d like to do a class at some point that focuses on safety.
The mental side of climbing will be tough. So, yeah, I think backing off if it gets too intense might be the best thing for now. It sucks – she always made me feel braver.
Thank you again for replying. I moved to the US last year and don’t have any close climbing friends. I’ve not told any of my new climbing partners, partly because I don’t want to freak them out.