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 …

A Practical Visualization Technique for Rock Climbing

I recently interviewed Peter Beal, a very strong climber from Boulder, Colorado who is also the creator of http://www.mountainsandwater.com/. This is part of an interview series where I’m trying to uncover some common mind-sets and techniques that master climbers use that …

What Motivates Us to Train for Rock Climbing – Survey Results

In my first book 50 Athletes Over 50 Teach Us to Live a Strong, Healthy Life, I identified that what kept the over-50 athletes I interviewed engaged in their sports and motivated to train, was joy. In fact, in the book I …

Mental Training for Rock Climbing – The Rock Warrior’s Way

I recently attended a clinic given by Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior’s Way, one of the only books written on the topic of mental training for rock climbing.  The subject of the clinic was overcoming the fear of …

Interview with Master Rock Climber Katie Lambert

Katie Lambert is an accomplished rock climber with credits to her name including free climbing the West Face of Leaning Tower(V 5.13b) in a day in Yosemite Valley, free climbing the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome (V 5.12b) in a …

Interview with Matt Samet

Matt Samet is an accomplished rock climber with credits to his name including redpoints of Rifle 5.14a’s Zulu, Roadside Prophet, Gropius, and Get Shorty. Also to his name, add bold first ascents such as  Hueco Tanks highballs Big Right (V9) and …

Master Rock Climber George Hurley

While doing research for my 50 Athletes Over 50 book, I interviewed George Hurley, a Master Rock Climber from New Hampshire, and I thought I’d share the full interview in my blog. The following is a summary of the interview I …

Interview with Master Rock Climber, Russ Clune

While doing research for my 50 Athletes Over 50 book, I interviewed Russ Clune, a Master Rock Climber from New Paltz, and I thought I’d share the full interview in my blog. The following is a summary of the interview …