Category Archives: Master Rock Climbing Blog Post

Interview with Climber and Pastor Jon Lemmond

This post is part of a series that summarize interviews I’ve done with rock climbers who are also leaders in some aspect of their life. I’ve long been a believer that beyond being a fun and challenging pursuit, rock climbing …

Rock Climbing and Leadership

Rock Climbing and Leadership I’ve been rock climbing for about twenty six years and I’ve led teams of engineers designing complex semiconductor chips for just about as long. While I don’t think I’ve been able to apply any lessons learned …

How Rock Climbers Spend Their Training Time

Most of us have full lives and struggle to find time to do all the things that we want or need to do. I find myself constantly having to make tradeoffs in how I spend my time to balance my …

Why Mental Training is So Important: 5 Tips to being mentally tough – by Tiffany Hensley

Don McGrath: I was really lucky to recently connect with competitive climber Tiffany Hensley at a recent ABS event. Tiffany was super enthusiastic about our new book Vertical Mind because she has come to know the importance of her own …

A little insight into building coping skills

Recently, I was a sponsor and spectator at the Open and the Youth ABS National bouldering championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I really enjoyed seeing the strong climbers, which spanned ages 13 to 30 something. One thing that I noted …

When Committment can be a BAD thing

During research for my book Vertical Mind (now available at www.verticalmindbook.com) I read Sway by Ori and Rom Brafman, which explores how we behave irrationally in certain situations. Upon reading this book, I reflected on how some of the elements …

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 …

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. …