website is owned by Eric J. Hörst (pronounced "Hirst"), the
nation's leading authority on climbing performance. An accomplished
climber of more than 36 years, Eric has ascended cliffs all across the
United States and Europe. Driven by his passion for adventure
and challenge, he has established over 400 first ascents,
primarily on his home cliffs in the Eastern states. Eric is
an internationally recognized performance coach and author of eight books (climbing performance genre)
with sales of over 300,000 copies. His recent books include the second edition of his best-selling Training For Climbing
(September 2008), the powerful Maximum Climbing
(2010), and the gym climbing book Learning to Climb Indoors (2012). Several of his books have foreign translations. You can order signed copies of his books from this web site.
student and teacher of climbing performance, Eric has personally
helped train hundreds of climbers, and his training books
and concepts have spread to climbers in more than 50 countries.
He is widely recognized for his innovative training techniques
and equipment, and he has been a training products design
consultant for Nicros, Inc. since 1994. Eric's other widely-circulated books include Flash Training
(1994), How To Climb 5.12 (1997), Conditioning for Climbers .
Eric has written
over 60 magazine articles, appeared on numerous TV broadcasts,
and his techniques and photos have appeared in many publications
including Climbing, Outside, DeadPoint, Men's Health,
Fortune, Men's Journal, Muscle Media,
Alpen, Rock & Ice, Muscle & Fitness,
Paddler, Urban Climber, Parents, Wall Street Journal, Experience Life, and National
Geographic Adventure. Eric is also editor of the NICROS
requests for interviews, articles, or photographs please email
Horst at TrainingForClimbing dot com
here for an extended biography covering
Eric's 35 years as a climber.
detailed publishing history
of magazines and books.
Here's a 3-minute video featurette about Eric and his family's climbing.
sending in Arco, Italy. Photo: Mike McGill.
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