What you see is what you get – mental training for rock climbing

This article is part of a series exploring research done for an upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Think – Play – Send! In a previous article we discussed how neurons that fire together, wire together – …

Firing Neurons, Snow and Rock Climbing

This article is part of a series exploring research done for an upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Vertical Mind. If you’ve tried any hard rock climbing or bouldering, you very likely have had an experience …

Priming Your Mindset

This article is part of a series exploring research done for an upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Think – Play – Send! In a previous article, we discussed the architecture of our brains. You can refresh …

Brain Organization

This article is part of a series exploring research done for an upcoming book about mental training for rock climbing, tentatively titled Think – Play – Send! It is not possible to explore mental training without first understanding, and being fascinated by, …

Mental Training for Rock Climbing

I recently survey hundreds of rock climbers to understand what holds them back in their climbing performance. Below is how they ranked the importance of several key factors. Lack of physical power – 30% Fear of falling – 26% Lack …

Finger Injuries and How They are Treated and Avoided

The following article is a compilation of what I have learned about finger injuries and how they are treated. I am not a medical doctor, and cannot tell you how to treat an injury. My objective is to share with …

The Most Common Rock Climbing Injuries

Being injured sucks! Not only do we suffer the pain of the injury, but injuries often keep us from doing things that we enjoy, like climbing!  This series of articles is meant to help you understand the most common rock …

Interview with Master Rock Climber Kris Solem

I recently interviewed Kris Solem, a rock climber who has some unique insights into rock climbing training. He’s been climbing for nearly four decades and in that time has honed his mental and physical training. He shares some of what …

Advanced Resting and Recovery Training Videos for Rock Climing

One of the primary reasons that we fail and fall on rock climbs is that we get pumped. This happens when we do not get proper blood flow, and therefore oxygen, to our working muscles. Previously, I shared this training …

Interview with Master Rock Climber Mark Hudon

Mark Hudon is an accomplished rock climber, having done many early ascents of long free and aid climbs in Yosemite and other places. Of special note are Mark’s early (1979) free attempts of The Salathe’ Wall, his 5th free ascent …