The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers eBook

The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers eBook


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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers
  • Arno Ilgner
  • English
  • 23 November 2017
  • 0974011215

About the Author: Arno Ilgner

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  1. Alissa Thorne Alissa Thorne says:

    I picked up this book expecting climbing technique, and was surprised to find that it is muchclosely tied to mindfulness and can be applied to any situation involving risk and action that is to say, life.The personal philosophy suggested by this book ties together several concepts and tools that I have encountered other places, unified in an approach to life While most of the concepts by themselves are hardly ground breaking revolutions, the down to earth presentation applied to a specif I picked up this book expecting climbing technique, and was surprised to find that it is muchclosely tied to mindfulness and can be applied to any situation involving risk and action that is to say, life.The personal philosophy suggested by this book ties together several concepts and tools that I have encountered other places, unified in an approach to life While most of the concepts by themselves are hardly ground breaking revolutions, the down to earth presentation applied to a specific and hazardous activity makes the material muchtangible Some of the tenants include Use mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques to identify when defensive mechanisms to protect your ego are getting in the way of an accurate assessment of the situation, the risk, and your own abilities let alone your ability to have fun Adopt a growth mindset that values learning over an individual achievement Arm yourself with knowledge of the situation the climb and assessment of the risks Before you act, each possible outcome of any risk should be clear so that you can be prepared to fully commit to both When you act, fully and mindfully engage Embrace the moments of chaos that are outside of your comfort zone that is where all the good stuff happens Adopt a mindset and internal dialog that provides options, rather than one that limits you Speak to yourself in ways that orient you towards positive action Stay in balance vs Don t fall and use questions rather than statements How can I make this fall safer instead of This fall is too dangerous When you act, get out of the cognitive space and operate from your body and your instinct Trust your preparation, your training, your intuition stop thinking about it Train yourself to adopt a state of relaxed alertness.See, most of that doesn t sounds all that exciting boiled down into simple statements like that But when described in the context of how it applies when you re hanging off a cliff by your fingernails, it packs a bigger punch And I must say, there are many times that my internal excuse for not applying these bits of wisdom that I already know boils down to sure that s all well and good, but THIS is just too hard to apply that to That excuse looks pretty flimsy when held up in this light.The writing style is amateurish and goofy, with lots of made up lingo to describe ideas for which there are well established schools of thought Normally this would be a pretty big hit for me, but in this case it works in spite of it I ll close a set of my favorite highlights from the book Don t worry Be actively concerned Better yet, be curious A warrior isn t careful he is observant and he pays attention

  2. Adam Block Adam Block says:

    It is embarrassing how well Ilgner called out each and every one of my mental habits for returning to my comfort zone some I had no idea existed until he poignantly threw it in my face He sprinkles his own personal anecdotes to help us relate to these new concepts and provides exercises and the end of the book to truly master his process before you hop on your project The concepts expressed in Rock Warrior s Way are seemingly applicable to every aspect of life This book is everything needed It is embarrassing how well Ilgner called out each and every one of my mental habits for returning to my comfort zone some I had no idea existed until he poignantly threw it in my face He sprinkles his own personal anecdotes to help us relate to these new concepts and provides exercises and the end of the book to truly master his process before you hop on your project The concepts expressed in Rock Warrior s Way are seemingly applicable to every aspect of life This book is everything needed to build mental fortitude not a word , not a word less

  3. Meredith Apple Meredith Apple says:

    While sitting or dangling with my climbing crew at the base of a climb or next pitch, the idea of climbing as a metaphor for life has come up time and again How we move through a climb can often mirror how we move through life.The mental aspect of climbing is often the biggest limiter The fear of the fall, the self talk over the crux or the frustration around set backs all come into play on the wall and in day to day challenges.This book gave clear insight and steps into assessing and unders While sitting or dangling with my climbing crew at the base of a climb or next pitch, the idea of climbing as a metaphor for life has come up time and again How we move through a climb can often mirror how we move through life.The mental aspect of climbing is often the biggest limiter The fear of the fall, the self talk over the crux or the frustration around set backs all come into play on the wall and in day to day challenges.This book gave clear insight and steps into assessing and understanding a deeper level of the mental game for rock climbing Although some of the metaphors were a bit cheesy it pointed out aspects and language that I previously had brushed over Looking at a rock wall and other challenges has shifted Seek opportunities, not barriers Understand each step is an opportunity to learn not a chance to fail or succeed Highly recommended for climbers of all abilities For people who like to climb rocks or personal hurdles

  4. Kristin Kristin says:

    I d give this 6 stars if I could My partner recommended this book for me, and he said it would help me break through my 5.10 comfort zone At first I was like, yeah okay, how s a book supposed to change 32 years of anxiety and ingrained habits But he was right and I was wrong This book has been a game changer The author points out ways in which our Ego distracts us from the task of climbing and leaches our energy, then provides tools to move through those distractions, climbefficiently I d give this 6 stars if I could My partner recommended this book for me, and he said it would help me break through my 5.10 comfort zone At first I was like, yeah okay, how s a book supposed to change 32 years of anxiety and ingrained habits But he was right and I was wrong This book has been a game changer The author points out ways in which our Ego distracts us from the task of climbing and leaches our energy, then provides tools to move through those distractions, climbefficiently, and enjoy all aspects of the time on the wall Reading this book and starting to meditate gave me the tools to comfortably boulder and lead routes that were previously well out of my comfort zone If you feel like you re strong enough, but you can t seem to break through to harder routes , or a fear of whipping has you top roping when you should be leading , or a negative mentality has you wishing holds were better, the route was easier, or your arms were longer , this book is for you Since I started reading, I ve warmed up on routes I was too scared to lead a month before, I don t get frustrated at myself when I m working out a difficult sequence, and I comfortably lead my hardest redpoint on a whim Read this book

  5. skye skye says:

    I read this a year ago, while getting back into climbing after a 4 year nadir, partly caused by my best mountain friend dying in the mountains I had always been scared of heights and very cautious on rock, even paralyzed by exposure A couple years ago I started rebuilding my climbing from scratch learning the physics of ropes and anchors, training, and journeying into the mental game, always the hardest part for me This book was immensely helpful, and not at all what I expected it would b I read this a year ago, while getting back into climbing after a 4 year nadir, partly caused by my best mountain friend dying in the mountains I had always been scared of heights and very cautious on rock, even paralyzed by exposure A couple years ago I started rebuilding my climbing from scratch learning the physics of ropes and anchors, training, and journeying into the mental game, always the hardest part for me This book was immensely helpful, and not at all what I expected it would be I m reading it again now Key takeaway comfort zone growth zone panic zone Much of my early climbing was all in the panic zone then I spent a few years never getting out of the comfort zone This year I ve spent a lot of time in the growth zone Eeeeek

  6. Olga Olga says:

    I great mixture of mindfulness, Castaneda s teachings and possibly zen Buddhism Definitely a great book for life not just for climbing Will recommend and reread.

  7. Erik Larsen Erik Larsen says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here One sentence takeaway Risk is synonymous with growth and can be managed through three phases preparation, transition, and action.

  8. Eryk Banatt Eryk Banatt says:

    I wasn t a huge fan of this book at first but I ll admit I warmed up to it as I read it Overall this book is climbing problem solving advice, intro Zen Buddhism concepts, pop psychology, and some loose climbing history all rolled up into one book It wasn t the greatest book I ve ever read but it was surprisingly motivating and I had a good time reading it.My thoughts on a few of the ideas in this bookAfter taking a long time to lead a pitch, it may be accurate tosay, I climbed slowly It i I wasn t a huge fan of this book at first but I ll admit I warmed up to it as I read it Overall this book is climbing problem solving advice, intro Zen Buddhism concepts, pop psychology, and some loose climbing history all rolled up into one book It wasn t the greatest book I ve ever read but it was surprisingly motivating and I had a good time reading it.My thoughts on a few of the ideas in this bookAfter taking a long time to lead a pitch, it may be accurate tosay, I climbed slowly It is a great leap, however, and not alogical one, to say, I am a slow climber A warrior takesresponsibility for each time he gives up To talk as if giving up wasa permanent personality trait is simply a power leak The idea of power leaks in this book is fairly interesting, and seems pretty befitting for a book about climbing where so much attention needs to be placed on efficiency to not sap away all of your energy A lot of this book so far is just things are as they are, not as you would prefer them to be and by extension caring about anything that isn t what is is merely a waste of effort in a sport where effort is a scarcely limited resource One thing that I think I m going to start doing in my own climbing is stop referring to holds as bad or say that they suck I think usually I get the picture describing the holds in that way, in that I m referring to them as not very positive or very small , but I think the habit will likely make me approach climbs in a negative way if I let it continue that way Problems are problems, and the elements of a problem should be described in a way that allows me to think of how to solve them rather than my opinion of their usefulness The book puts a lot of emphasis on questions like what does this climb offer me to allow me to climb it which seems useful as a sort of shortcut for thinking about things.There was a bit about Bad Posture Wasting Energy Points on the mental game being affected by posture, a lot of which is pretty hotly contested in psychology and is the subject of a high profile reproducability crisis example see Amy Cuddy s research and criticisms That said I liked the bit about Soft eyes focus which suggests maintaining arelaxed, nongrimacing, composed face as a cue to your body to be composed and relaxed On a related note, he mentions focusing on the entire field of vision which contrasts with the advice I typically hear from elite osu players who suggest laserfocusing on your current move instead of looking at larger patterns This could bebecause reading in climbing iswidely visual and less rigidly sequential compared to a rhythm game, but I thought the comparison was interesting.The author mentions listing exactly what the worst case scenario for a fall would be, which would avoid you overdramaticizing the risks involved in a fall This is similar to what I ve seen in Tim Ferriss work, so it seemed like pretty good adviceIf a climb you expected to be difficult proves to be easy and doesn tchallenge you, then it loses most of its benefit Remember theimportance of feeling challenged Once in the thick of things on aclimb, we quickly forget why we are there It s so easy to forget in climbing that the whole point isn t really to achieve a number, the point is to get to the top of the rock If something was supposed to be a hard problem and it turned out to be easy, no amount of convincing yourself it was actually hard because it was labeled a certain way will change the fact that, for you, it was easy Pushing yourself constantly is an intimately personal affair and climbing lets you confront this.I was unsure if I really like the idea of frustration suggesting that your focus has shifted to wanting things given to you, rather than dissatisfaction with yourself I think that approaching challenges and knowing you can achieve it but falling short feels very frustrating and I don t think that is quite the same thing as complaining that something should be easier perhaps this is since I come from acompetitive background compared to being a relatively beginner climber but when I lose matches I know I was capable of winning it s usually not a sentiment that suggests that I wish my opponents made worse moves so that I could win, it s an expressing of how dissatisfied I am with my own moves and by extension my preparation That said I think the idea of directly modifying your internal narrative from statements like I can t do X to I know how to do Y, so how can I use this info to do X or What can I do to do X is a good one, and even if the latter usually follows the first, making an explicit mental note to always take that type of path is a good habit You can t give what you don t have It s important to reaffirm our commitment to learning and remindourselves that we really do want to make risky choices.Paradoxically, taking risks actually increases our safety andcomfort Sudden danger lurks everywhere losing our jobs, being struckby a car, contracting a mortal illness A cowering, protectiveapproach to life doesn t reduce the peril It only serves to make usslaves to fear and victims of con stant anxiety.In general it s pretty heavy on the play to learn rather than play to win subtext, which is probably evenapplicable to climbing than it is to competition, where I first explored the idea deeply myself.That said some stuff about this book was definitively weird and at times it veered off into preachy territory The anecdote about his wife wanting mexican food struck me as a really sort of ridiculous example for defending the etherealness of human intuition In general this section was pretty woo y and I was not a fan of the anecdotes general pervasiveness of spirituality in it reallyjust wanna get better at getting up rocks Bits like Intuition is always truth You never have faluse intutions Falseness can only occur during interpretation of intutive messages were flatlyridiculous and even if his general thesis as it pertains to rock climbing i.e listen to your intuition because sometimes your body knows better than your mind I thought this whole section was alittle nutso.Overall though I got a lot of enjoyment out of this book, and the buddhist vibes I got from it was a lot less ridiculous than I initially expected them to be climbing is ultimately something you do for fun, but it s so easy to allow yourself to not feel the fun as it is actually happening As cliche as it might sound, existing in the moment is so important, especially when the whole point of your activity is to have as good of a time as possibleYour attention had already moved on, ghost like, to dwell in a hollowfantasy of your future success You were only partially present at thescene of the climb You were climbing in order to be finishedclimbing Now that you are finished climbing, it is as if you neverreally climbed Some cool misc quotesOnce you ve had a performance, it s over You can t change it.Dodging the facts hinders real learning Your performance, whatever itwas, was the best it could have been at the time Accept it Phys ical strength, your technical skill, your ability to focus your mind,your level of motivation, and many other factors all contribute toper formance Saying, I could have made it if only I had really gonefor it, is similar to saying, I could have made it if I was a betterclimber You might pretend that climbing well isn t important to you If youstate, I don t care about climbing well, you re probably pre tending You pretend in order to dull the dis appointment of asubstandard performance You re coddling your Ego You aren t beingtruthful Pretending that climbing well isn t important makes it difficult to climb wellThe moment you have the thought, I expect to make it up this climb, you project yourself into the fu ture when the effort is over Thisdrains attention from the effort itself, reducing youreffectiveness Your effort is what s import ant It is your act ofgiving Without giving, learning or growth is not possible The exer cise becomes rote and motivation drops As you enter a climbingchallenge, make sure you expect to make an effort.You know exactly what you want to do physically the moves, the rests,etc So why are you feeling anxious If the route follows some bizarre feature that your conscious mind hasno idea how to climb, listen to the rock Notice the subtleties Avoidtunnel vision Leave the comfort zone of your limited repertoire oftechniques and learnRemember, your level of receptiv ity determines your speed oflearning If the conscious mind begins to engage in thinking, directyour attention to your breath, which helps put the conscious mind inneutral.

  9. Ken Ken says:

    Started and ended very strong A lot of references to sport climbing which I wasn t familiar with I loved the portions that talked about presence of mind, situational awareness and frames of mind.Enjoyed it a lot.

  10. Alice Alice says:

    A friend recommended this book to help with the mental aspect of rock climbing Without having had much experience with the sport, I found it helpful that the author broke down the various aspects of the mental and emotional responses reactions when one is faced with climbing challenges For me it had to do with the fear of heights, fear of falling, and feelings of inadequacy experience, physical strength and technique While the book provided practical advice for dealing with overcoming these A friend recommended this book to help with the mental aspect of rock climbing Without having had much experience with the sport, I found it helpful that the author broke down the various aspects of the mental and emotional responses reactions when one is faced with climbing challenges For me it had to do with the fear of heights, fear of falling, and feelings of inadequacy experience, physical strength and technique While the book provided practical advice for dealing with overcoming these challenges, I found these same principles to be applicable to my mental attitude in daily life Remembering and practicing the tenets of the Rock Warrior s Way strangely brought to resolution many of the issues I had been struggling with all my life I cannot say that this will be the experience for everyone I think I was lucky that it spoke to me at a time when I needed to hear Even as a a book strictly for rock climbing I think it addresses a very important aspect of the sport in a unique helpful way

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