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Be the first to ask a question about The Rock Warrior's Way. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 02, Alissa Thorne rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-nonfiction , about-topic-learning , about-skill-development , about-an-ideology. I picked up this book expecting climbing technique, and was surprised to find that it is much more closely 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 much more closely tied to mindfulness and can be applied to any situation involving risk and action--that is to say, 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 much more tangible.
Before you act, each possible outcome of any risk should be clear so that you can be prepared to fully commit to both. Speak to yourself in ways that orient you towards positive action "Stay in balance" vs.
Trust your preparation, your training, your intuition--stop thinking about it. 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. Oct 18, Adam Block rated it really liked it. 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. This book is everything needed to build mental fortitude; not a word more, not a word less. Feb 19, Meredith Apple rated it really liked it.
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. 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. Jan 20, Kristin rated it it was amazing.
My partner recommended this book for me, and he said it would help me break through my 5. 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, climb more efficiently, 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.
Read this book. 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. This book was immensely helpful, and not at all what I expected it would be.
I'm reading it again now. Much of my early climbing was all in the panic zone This year I've spent a lot of time in the growth zone. Oct 18, Olga rated it it was amazing. Definitely a great book for life not just for climbing.
Will recommend and reread. Jul 30, Eryk Banatt rated it liked it. 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. A warrior takes responsibility for each time he gives up.
To talk as if giving up was a permanent personality trait is simply a power leak. 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 a more relaxed, 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! This could be more because "reading" in climbing is more widely 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.
Arno Ilgner is known in the climbing community for his work helping people overcoming fears and be overall mentally stronger. He began climbing and quickly realized that the mental aspect of it was paramount to sending hard climbs. He started applying those tenets to climbing, and soon had an entire program built upon them. He now has books, clinics, and a dense blog devoted to helping you find peace, strength, and bravery in your climbing. Neely Quinn: Welcome to the TrainingBeta podcast where I talk to climbers and trainers about how we can get a little better at our favorite sport. His website is www. I had a lot of questions for him.
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The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers
In , 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 students sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic and life challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking. Ilgner has run clinics across the USA and Australia. He has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his methods.
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