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The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers Paperback – September 1, 2006
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About the Author
Arno Ilgner distinguished himself as a pioneering rock climber in the 1970s and 80s, when the top climbs were bold and dangerous first ascents. These personal exploits are the foundation for Ilgner s unique physical and mental training program--The Warrior`s Way. In 1995, after a thorough search of the literature and practice of mental training and the great warrior traditions, Ilgner formalized his methods, founded the Desiderata Institute, and began teaching his program full time. Since then, he has helped hundreds of student sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic (and life) challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking. Ilgner considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort the journey intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the destination. Alumni of his courses now include some of the nation s most prominent climbers. Ilgner has run clinics in the north- and southeastern U.S, to California, Canada, and the U.K. He has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his methods. He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea. He currently resides with his family near Nashville, Tennessee.
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This book should be on the reading list of anyone who has ever bailed off a big wall (a mountain or any other uncomfortable committing endeavor) and is strong and mature enough to really confront why. By putting in the effort to truly study this book and open your mind to some unfamiliar and uncomfortable new ideas any person can learn to recognize and better control the unproductive thoughts and behaviors holding back all areas of their lives.
Warning: for successful personal improvement this book cannot be casually read. The reader must be truly open and absolutely ready to make some tough changes. Much time and effort must be supplied by the reader on an ongoing basis. This book will serve as a good reference to help direct those long-term efforts. Improvements in the mental game are not as easy to measure as on the physical side so maturity, patience, and trust are mandatory.
Oh and by the way, my climbing has significantly improved since reading this book.
My criticism of this book is that it is too long. That is to say his 7 core concepts are dead on, the anecdotes are useful and illustrative and his summaries are excellent.
The rest is time consuming and a little tedious, as another reviewer wrote.