My climbing is suffering – to get better

As I wrote about in my last blog post, I am taking a climbing movement class at the City Rock gym in Colorado Springs. The first class had us focusing on precise and careful footwork, which was not new to …

Reflections on Movement Training Class

After what was a great summer climbing season, I developed a case of elbow tendinitis. I decided that, rather than keep pushing through it, which would likely end poorly, I would take it easy for a few weeks and rehabilitate. …

How Fear of Failure holds you back in your rock climbing

It has been a while since my last blog post, mostly because I moved from Fort Collins, CO to Colorado Springs. I’ve also been busy climbing too! I thought I’d give a quick update on the new book that Jeff …

Putting Ellis’s ABCs into Action to Manage Fear

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, titled Vertical Mind.  The book is due out in mid-January 2014. In a …

The Right Dose of Fear for Rock Climbing

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, titled Vertical Mind. In a previous article, we discussed how fear can motivate …

The Right Dose of Fear for Rock Climbing

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, titled Vertical Mind. In a previous article, we discussed how fear can motivate …

The Fear-Gravity Parallel

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Vertical Mind. In previous articles we discussed the importance of Thinking to …

Play – The Secret

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Vertical Mind. In a previous article, we went into depth about …

Why you should Think and Play in order to Send

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Vertical Mind. After I published the last article about mental scripts, …

Scripts – How they affect our climbing

This article is part of a series exploring research done by professor Jeff Elison and Don McGrath for their upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Vertical Mind. In a previous article we introduced the concept of …