is a way of life, almost a martial art, and something
one practices throughout life-a path of bettering mind
- Pat Ament, legendary climber, artist, and
Welcome to the exhilarating world of indoor climbing!
Regardless of your age, background, or level of fitness,
indoor climbing will present you with many unique challenges-and
rewards-that are far different form other sports. As
you will soon discover, the wonder of indoor climbing
is the unique way in which it engages both the mind
and body. Each climb reveals a novel challenge that
offers the opportunity for self-development. Solving
a puzzling sequence of hand- and footholds is akin to
a vertical chess match requiring a dynamic mix of problem
solving, positive thinking, and fear management. Physically,
climbing will challenge your flexibility, stamina, body
control, and almost every muscle from your legs to your
abdominals to your soon-to-be-pumped arms. In aggregate,
climbing provides what may be the most complete mind-body
workout available. And it's an absolute blast!
to Climb presents comprehensive instruction on
all the vital topics you need to know for your first
few days and years in the sport. Chapter 1 begins with
an overview of the commercial climbing gym experience.
You will gain a sense of the rules of the game and requisite
safe-climbing instruction that most gyms mandate. Chapters
2 and 3 will introduce you to the basic gear and safety
techniques that make indoor climbing safer than playing
soccer or mowing the grass. Yes, climbing is a remarkably
safe activity given proper equipment, expert instruction,
and diligent use of the safety techniques you will learn
in this book.
4 is unique among how-to-climb books as it reveals several
not-so-well-known strategies for rapid learning of climbing
skills. While the majority of new climbers stumble slowly
through the maze of trial-and-error learning, you can
take a more direct path to improvement by applying the
eight powerful learning strategies outlined in this
core technical instruction of Learning to Climb
is found in chapters 5 through 7. A wise beginning climber
will strive to learn-and make habit-the optimal use
of hand- and footholds, body positioning, and techniques
of movement. These chapters will describe all the fundamental
techniques and tactics required for beginner-, intermediate-,
and advanced-level climbs. You will learn a variety
of technique-building drills as well as several proven
strategies for solving difficult routes and programming
your brain for success.
this instruction, you will find dozens of photos depicting
the fundamental techniques, body positions, and movements.
Many of these photos contain an overlay of symbols and
labels that reveal optimal application of force to hand-
and footholds, as well as proper positioning of the
body's center of gravity. It's my hope that these value-added
photos will underscore the importance of body awareness
and help enhance the learning of proper technique.
up, in chapter 8, is an in-depth look at mental training
and fear management. It's a fact that climbing requires
uncommon discipline and mental fortitude compared with
other sports. Thus, elevating your mental game is an
essential part of improving your overall ability. To
this end, you will learn ten proven techniques for controlling
tension, challenging fear, and conquering the fright
final two chapters of Learning to Climb
complete the circle of becoming a solid all-around climber.
Chapter 9 provides a plan for physical conditioning,
so that you can develop the strength and endurance needed
for climbs of increasing difficulty. Chapter 10 then
reveals a few of the secrets for climbing your best,
including the keys to staying motivated and upwardly
mobile for many years to come. Lastly, I'll provide
a primer on what it takes to expand your climbing to
the great outdoors, including a review of the unique
techniques, risks, and rewards of rock climbing.
the text, climbing terminology and lingo are bolded
on first use. Complete definitions are available in
the glossary located in the back of the book.
note that each chapter begins with a quote from a famous
or legendary climber. It's my hope that you find these
quotes inspiring and intriguing, and that you may someday
delve deeper into the background and history of rock
climbing. You will also discover an afterword that presents
some of the climbing wisdom culled from the pages of
this book. I trust you'll discover-as I have-that climbing
provides many wonderful lessons for effective living
on this third rock from the sun.
you begin your adventures as a climber, I want to wish
you a rich and rewarding journey that lasts a lifetime.
Be safe and have fun!
to Climb Indoors
Complete Guide to Climbing Indoors
by Eric J. Hörst
180 pages, Release: 2006)
Welcome to the Vertical Extreme!
Equipment and Safety Gear
Learning the Safety Systems
The Keys to Rapid Learning of Skills
Basic Skills and Drills
Advanced Techniques and Drills
Lead Climbing and Success Strategies
Mental Training and Fear Management
Getting into Climbing Shape
The Secrets to Climbing Your Best
Appendix: Resources,Glossary, and Index
a signed copy from the author here