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 …

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 …