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Vertical Mind

Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing
Narrated by: Drew Hadwal
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They 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. Finally, 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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how did I make it through that?

book was decent but man that guys voice..... buy the book and read it.. save your ears

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Boring

I'm a rock climber (traditional climbing) and I'm a specialist rope access technicien (SPRAT). This book didn't teach me anything. I fell asleep after listening halfway because the narrator is so boring. I don't recommend this book.

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One of my favorite books but...

The narrator's voice is terrible. I could not listen to this book which is one of my favorite climbing book reference. Too bad.

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Game Changer

I listened to this book to get over my fear of falling.
It worked.
It is full of relatable stories, exercises for in the gym or outside and tips for getting over a multitude of common issues that will limit your climbing potential.

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  • ben
  • 2019-02-01

obvious information

no new ideas or information. the first four chapters were full of obvious information. couldn't continue.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-26

self help for climbers who lost having fun

Great book that I would recommend to pretty much everyone who is willing to improve their lives or athletic performance. Sure this is a climbing book so most examples are focused on climbing and most issues discussed are climbing related, but almost everything can be translated to any other althletic activity or life in general.

Climbing is a strange. For me it is purely a hobby, I am not even a good climber by any means, not internationally, not locally, not at my gym and not even among my friends, however it is still a big part of my life and my identity. This has led to numerous problems, for example fear of failure and even unhealthy amount of time spent climbing or training for climbing, to the point where I would feel frustrated to skip a training session to have a beer with friends.

This book will adrress many such problems and ways to overcome these crippling habits. I want to improve my climbing, I also want to have a healthier relationship with my favorite activity and I want to have more fun and less negative emotioms and thoughts when I am out climbimg, so I had a very open mind while reading this book hence it reflected greatly to me. I found many areas to fix on my approach to climbing and life in general with great tips and advices how to achieve that.

To incorporate what I've learned to my life and climbing and actually improve is now up to me.

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  • Anna Ralston
  • 2018-08-24

Awesome mantras

Loved this book! It’s one I will listen to over and over again. Deals with the things that go through every climbers mind we just can’t put a name to it. Have already put into play changing my scripts and it has done wonders for my climbing. The most highly recommend!

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  • Christina
  • 2018-03-30

great book for more than just rock climbing

loved it! It's a great book that teaches you how to think differently and from a different perspective. and a lot of what is taught in this book can be applied to almost anything.

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