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Product Details

  • Series: How To Climb Series
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; First Edition edition (April 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762755326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762755325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are volumes of books on how to train your body for climbing, but Maximum Climbing teaches you how to climb better by flexing the most critical muscle—the three pound one between your ears. Using a highly detailed step-by-step process that is clearly presented for beginner to expert climbers, Eric Hörst instructs on mental training. His book runs that gamut from A to Z, but my favorites include how to manage fear, build confidence, and focus—three areas all of us need to work on by, until now, didn’t even know where to begin.”—Duane Raleigh, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Rock and Ice

“For anyone interested in learning more about how the mind works and how important psychological factors are in determining the quality of our experience and performance, Maximum Climbing is a useful and fascinating read. In this powerful text, Hörst presents an impressive collection of mental training techniques, practice exercises, and insights for climbers at all levels of ability.”—Lynn Hill, first woman to climb 5.14

“Eric Hörst’s Maximum Climbing fills a deep need for a training book that explores the broad array of elements that make a climber, fully integrating the physical, technical, mental, and spiritual. This is a book as much about the soul as grit, as inspiring as it is educational.”—Susan E. B. Schwartz, author of Into the Unknown: The Remarkable Life of Hans Kraus

“Eric Hörst’s new book Maximum Climbing, provides climbers with a clear path to athletic mastery. As a climber and performance coach, I’ve sought out every piece of information I could find on improving athletic performance. Use the methods put forth in this book, and you will improve; not just as a climber, but as a human being.”—Steve Bechtel, CSCC, Elemental Training Center

“Dissolving the illusion of mind/body separation, Eric Hörst’s Maximum Climbing shows the way to achieve what I like to call one’s Vertical Path: a completely holistic state of being in which the spirit—the essence of climbing—is woven into the tapestries of our lives.”—John Gill, legendary boulderer and master of rock

From the Back Cover

As physical as climbing is, it is even more mental. Ultimately, people climb with their minds—hands and feet are merely extensions of their thoughts and will. Becoming a master climber requires that you first master your mind.

In Maximum Climbing, America’s best-selling author on climbing performance presents a climber’s guide to the software of the brain—one that will prove invaluable whether your preference is bouldering, sport climbing, traditional climbing, or mountaineering. Eric Hörst brings unprecedented clarity to the many cognitive and neurophysical aspects of climbing and dovetails this information into a complete program. He sets forth three stages of mental training that correspond to beginner, intermediate, and elite levels of experience and commitment—the ideal template to build upon to personalize your goals through years of climbing to come. 


More About the Author

Eric Horst has been climbing for nearly thirty years. He lives with his wife Lisa Ann and their two sons, Cameron and Jonathan, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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You give it direction - and here is a guide to help.
cliffhanger
This book helps you discipline, focus, and proerply tune your mind for success in these and other demanding pursuits.
John F. Campbell
Maximum Climbing is a great resource to help one improve their climbing through mental and physical training.
Genevieve Swan Hathaway

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By arno on June 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have learned the most by reading widely; other authors, other perspectives. Reading Maximum Climbing, I have learned a different dimension of mental training. Eric's in-depth presentation of brain training, practical exercises, and cognitive practices, give us insights into the mental game. I have gained some insights from Maximum Climbing. You can too."
--Arno Ilgner
Author of The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Swan Hathaway on January 12, 2011
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Maximum Climbing is a great resource to help one improve their climbing through mental and physical training. It's a meaty book, packed full of information, ideas and training tips. Unlike many other training books out there, it requires the reader to consider and analyze one's approach and how one relates to climbing. The quality of the information lends this book to being one that many readers will be able refer back to over the years as they climb at harder and harder grades.

The overarching premise of Maximum Climbing is that climbing is more mental than physical. We can improve our climbing greatly by being masters of our brains and how they interact with our bodies. Whether a novice or someone who has been climbing for so many years it's in the double digits; this book has information and tips for everyone. Maximum Climbing focuses on improving one's climbing ability through mental and physical training. Even though this book focuses on training for sport climbing, trad climbing, bouldering, mountaineering and ice climbing, many of the ideas and insight Horst presents can be applied to other sports.

Horst begins the book by explaining what is a "Maximum Climbing" program. "Maximum climbing," Horst states, "is born from the will and skill of the brain, and the spite of our physical limitations." He then continues on with a study of brain physiology and the process of neuroplasticity. He covers the process by which the brain assimilates, learns and directs skilled movements. For those who are deterred by too much nitty-gritty science details, do not fear, the author presents this information in an informative, engaging manner, but does not dwell too long on it either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. WHITESELL on March 11, 2013
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I enjoyed this book all the way through and I will keep this one in my personal library.I went on to read Todd Skinner's book and I feel these are classic.
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