Category Archives: Blog post

Flash Ascents Have Flash Appeal

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Elison and my book Vertical Mind. Todd Skinner summed it up pretty well. “As with nearly all things in life, accomplishments in climbing do not come without training and preparation. And if they …

What drives us to rock climb?

The following is an excerpt from Jeff Elison and my book Vertical Mind. “It appears as though the joy of accomplishment, which psychologists refer to as “competence motivation,” is very important to climbers in keeping them engaged in and motivated …

The Challenge in Your Mind

To think that we can be consistently mentally strong with no lapses is ridiculous. Adam summarized it well in this quote. Celebrate the challenges you win and learn from your lapses.

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 …

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 …