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The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Regarding the falling issue mentioned a few reviews back, I have to defend Arno and make it very clear that he does not advocate taking falls willy nilly. What he does advocate is taking responsibility for one's willingness or unwillingness to fall and making that choice based on the best possible information at hand, unfettered by an irrational fear of falling that prooccupies attention and leads to the dreaded 'overgrip'. His fall drills are designed to lesson that kind of fear by making falling a known experience rather than a boogie man that robs one's attention and strength.
Where a climber likes to be on the safety - risk continuum is unavoidably a personal decision. Better to come to that decision with as much skill and information as one can gather. Nevertheless, regardless of how much you know and how strong you are, if you are challenging yourself at the edge of your abilities, you will still have to make your move and shove off into the unknown. That's the beauty of climbing.
One particularly powerful concept is what Ilgner calls "wishing behavior": wishing that a hold were bigger or that the pro was better or closer to you. Once you become attuned to this you will be amazed at how common, and how unproductive, this kind of thinking is. All around you at the crag (and perhaps in your own mind), you'll suddenly hear voices wailing about how hard and impossible it all is, and how they wish the climb or the climber were different.
Well, the holds are the holds, the pro is the pro, and you are you. That's the challenge you came for, and this book can help you learn to savor it and thrive in it.
After breaking through small barriers, I realized there was another world of mental training, but I had no idea where to turn. There were authors putting out psychological books for other sports, but climbing has always been more complicated. Arno Ilgner has filled this gap with his new book, The Rock Warrior's Way.
Don't let the cover fool you. When I first picked it up, my impression was that this book was dedicated to old school trad methods. This could not have been further from the truth. This book is for all climbers. Some of his themes are self observation and the importance of separating our identity from our experiences and responding to them with patience and intelliegence.
Ilgner finds a way to make order of chaos. He's found a way to express our mental habits that everyone can understand and he's created simple and effective ways to address our problems. Whatever your level of climbing, you will walk away from this book with valuable lessons.
--Sonnie Trotter, Gripped magazine
I rarely spend the time highlighting books, but I reread this one in order to heavily highlight and annotate it. Likewise, it will remain on my device for quite some time as I learn to apply his techniques.
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Rock Warrior's way is truly an examination of the mind, body, rock connection. Totally helpful, amazing, changed climbing and life.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so much more than a climbing book. Read this book. Climber or not. This book is everythingPublished 2 months ago by sarah
didnt help at all. its reputation is much better than its actual content.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book can help you go from someone who was scared to climb a pretty solid ladder to a single story rooftop to leading pitches on loose rock with 40-50 foot runouts and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really think a lot of the principles where helpful, and I found the examples relevant. I could easily identify with some of the mental fall pits he mentions, and I've also... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book educates on the points of rock climbing at our rarely taught from an educational point that are normally discussed after a difficult climb.Published 9 months ago by Avid Amazoner
Took my climbing to the next level. I was constantly fighting the mental wall and could not progress any further. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Remiyu
Fantastic book. Halfway through and already perceiving my climbs completely differently. Very well put and structured book. Recommend to friends.Published 10 months ago by Aleksey Gureev