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Watch Nina Williams Talk About the Fear of Falling

The top climber has repeated some of the world's most famous highballs

Fear of failing is something we all experience. Instead of resisting the inevitable, what might happen if we willingly let go and jump into our fear? Pro climber Nina Williams tells her story of letting go, falling, and how seeing things from a different perspective helped her move forward and try again.

Williams is best known for her highballs, although she enjoys a variety of challenges in bouldering, sport, traditional and big wall. She works with outdoor athletes and teams as a certified development coach with a special interest in mindset communication.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Nina Williams Top Climbs

2015: Speed of Life V10, Farley, Massachusetts
2015: Footprints V9, Bishop, California
2015: Ray of Light V13, Rocklands, South Africa – First female ascent
2016: Final Frontier 5.13b, Yosemite, California
2016: Evilution Direct V11, Bishop, California – First female ascent
2017: Ambrosia V11, Bishop, California – First female ascent, first woman to complete the Grandpa Peabody trifecta
2018: Father Time 5.13b 20p, Yosemite, California
2018: Window Shopper V12, Boulder, Colorado – First female ascent
2019: Too Big To Flail V10, Bishop, California – Seventh ascent, first female ascent

On Falling