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 …

Free Rock Climbing Coach

Most climbers spend lots of energy trying to find ways to climb better. A survey I did of climbers a couple years ago suggests that the joy of accomplishment fuels 60% of climbers to train and keep climbing. Coaching is …

Climbing with Rhythm

In a recent Climbing Movement class I’ve been taking, the instructor talked about how climbing is all about climbing between rest positions. This got me thinking about something that I wrote about in Jeff Elison and my book, Vertical Mind …

A Simple Question that Made a Difference While Lead Climbing

I was out climbing at Shelf Road just outside Cannon City, Colorado with my wife and favorite climbing partner Sylvia, when I came upon an interesting technique that I thought I’d share because it really helped her get unstuck when …