Rock Climbing and Leadership

Rock Climbing and Leadership I’ve been rock climbing for about twenty six years and I’ve led teams of engineers designing complex semiconductor chips for just about as long. While I don’t think I’ve been able to apply any lessons learned …

Positivity – Part 2

In a recent post on positive thinking, I explained how a number of studies have shown that fantasizing about happy outcomes in a number of different contexts ranging from weight loss, to finding a job, to surgical outcomes, to dating …

Guest Article – What is Ego?

Is Your Ego Your Downfall? The mind is a mysterious yet powerful thing. Yet, unfortunately, it often works against us. In this guest post for Master Rock Climber, I focus on the ego and how it can severely limit you …

Too much positive thinking?

I recently read a brief white paper by Gabriele Oettingen who is a professor of psychology at New York University, where she asserts that too much positive thinking is counterproductive. Oettingen feels that there is too much credence given to …

Tap Into Climbing Potential With Yoga

I am Cristina, the owner and creator of Conquer the Crux, a climbing blog dedicated to climbers that are interested in improving their performance through a combination of training, yoga, nutrition, and mindset. I am a fan of Don McGrath …

5 steps to conquer fear of falling

Most climbers have a fear of falling and it holds them back in their training and their climbing. In this article, Josh Thompson on a 5 step process to learn to manage your fear of falling. http://cruxcrush.com/2014/12/15/a-step-by-step-approach-to-conquering-lead-climbing-fear/#comment-19445 I hope that …

Advice on avoiding a plateau

This a an in depth article on what causes plateaus and how to avoid them. http://www.climbing.com/skill/training-never-plateau-again/

Beta on Finger Injuries

The following is an article about common finger injuries and how to avoid them by Dr. Julian Saunders. http://www.drjuliansaunders.com/resources/feature_articles/stressed_out_fingers/

My revelation about mental training

The following is an excerpt from Don McGrath and Jeff Elison’s best-selling book Vertical Mind. “I have long been a student of training for rock climbing. I have read virtually all the books written in English on the topic. I …

Core Training for rock climbing

The following is an article about how to train your core muscles for rock climbing. http://www.climbing.com/skill/training-10-exercises-for-a-complete-core/