Flash Ascents Have Flash Appeal

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Elison and my book Vertical Mind. Todd Skinner summed it up pretty well. “As with nearly all things in life, accomplishments in climbing do not come without training and preparation. And if they …

What drives us to rock climb?

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Elison and my book Vertical Mind. “It appears as though the joy of accomplishment, which psychologists refer to as “competence motivation,” is very important to climbers in keeping them engaged in and motivated …

The Challenge in Your Mind

To think that we can be consistently mentally strong with no lapses is ridiculous. Adam summarized it well in this quote. Celebrate the challenges you win and learn from your lapses.

Steph Davis on fear – Part 3

The final article on fear by Steph Davis. http://www.highinfatuation.com/blog/the-fear-chronicles-3/

Delicate Climbing Mindset

In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of the pre-climb ritual and the mindset that it creates. That article and this one are part of a series of articles describing the 5 climbing mindsets: Pre-climbing mindset Mindset for …

Importance of a Pre-climb Ritual

Recently, I gave a workshop on mental training for climbing, using some of the constructs that Jeff Elison and I cover in our book, Vertical Mind. One portion of the workshop focused on mindsets required for climbing. In it, I …

How Rock Climbers Spend Their Training Time

Most of us have full lives and struggle to find time to do all the things that we want or need to do. I find myself constantly having to make tradeoffs in how I spend my time to balance my …

Why Mental Training is So Important: 5 Tips to being mentally tough – by Tiffany Hensley

Don McGrath: I was really lucky to recently connect with competitive climber Tiffany Hensley at a recent ABS event. Tiffany was super enthusiastic about our new book Vertical Mind because she has come to know the importance of her own …

A little insight into building coping skills

Recently, I was a sponsor and spectator at the Open and the Youth ABS National bouldering championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I really enjoyed seeing the strong climbers, which spanned ages 13 to 30 something. One thing that I noted …

When Committment can be a BAD thing

During research for my book Vertical Mind (now available at www.verticalmindbook.com) I read Sway by Ori and Rom Brafman, which explores how we behave irrationally in certain situations. Upon reading this book, I reflected on how some of the elements …