I might never conquer my fear of heights, but I'm trying one peak at a time

This is a First Person column by Eric Sparling, who lives in Fenwick, N.S. For more information on CBC’s First Person stories, see the FAQ.

It was gloomy at the top of the peak. I was standing in a cloud, trying to choose between two terrible options: Hike down the way I’d clambered up or continue onto the trail I’d come to complete. My courage was failing. The brisk breeze on the ascent was intimidating, the green trees below so distant — a miniature, safe world I’d left behind for a foolish mission. 

Heights are hard for me. When I stand on the edge of a lethal fall, I fear I’m

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