Vertical Mind

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By: Don McGrath & Jeff Elison

The rock climber's textbook to the psychological approach for optimal rock climbing. Climb better and have more fun. 

McGrath and Elison teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hold you back. Additionally, they teach climbing partners how to engage in co-creative coaching and help each other improve as climbers.

With numerous and practical step-by-step drills and exercises, in a simple to follow training framework, your path to harder climbing has never been clearer. If you are a climber who wants to climb harder and have more fun climbing, then Vertical Mind is required reading. Well, what’s stopping you? Pick it up and get training today!


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  • 4
    Pretty good.

    Posted by Manuel on 7th Sep 2014

    I picked up this book for a friend who needs to conquer the climbing related fears we all know. I flipped through the pages reading a few passages and I thought this would be good not only for my friend, but also for me. I decided to get a copy for me as well and I read it right away. In my opinion it is pretty good, but... The but is that my first impression of it being useful to a wider audience was somewhat unfulfilled. The book contains several formulaic ways of addressing, not only fears, but anything that stands in the way of "optimal performance", and it does it quite well, explaining the reasons behind the obstacles and the way the proposed solutions work. I can see how it can be useful to many people, but for me memorizing funny acronyms and remembering them while I'm thinking whether I can make the next rest doesn't quite work (perhaps because I don't need them so bad, granted). In end, as I said, it is a good read and recommendable. I definitely got good things out of this book.