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In Vertical Mind, Elison and McGrath psychologically define many of the mental training tips I’ve learned through decades on the rock. Now, climbers have a clear blueprint and exercises to follow in order to psychologically prepare for climbing.” —Lynn Hill – First person to free climb the Nose on El Capitan

Vertical Mind – Psychological Approaches For Optimal Rock Climbing

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In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath, Ph.D. and Jeff Elison, Ph.D. show rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They explain how the latest research in psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance. Drawing on psychological research, surveys of climbers, interviews, and over 50 years of combined rock climbing experience, the authors explain not only HOW to improve your mental game, but also the theory behind WHY it works. They delve deeply into the origins of fear and how it can provide motivation or hold us back. They show how powerful scripts, that continually run though our brains and dictate most of what we do, can be reprogrammed to provide better climbing performance. They present an innovative, research-based, step-by-step mental training program that makes it straightforward for climbers to improve their mental game. 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!