Suggested Reading List:
Learning to Climb Indoors - Eric Horst (2006)
A complete guide to learning to climb indoors; everything you need to know from day 1 to year 1.

How To Rock Climb (4th Edition) - John Long (2003)
A new edition of this best-selling book. A must-read for anyone getting into the sport.

Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High – Mark Twight (1999)
Mark’s techniques and strategies for sending in the alpine extreme.

Advanced Rock Climbing - John Long (1997)
John’s in-depth look at advanced climbing techniques.

Climbing Anchors - John Long (1993)
A review of the most basic and vital anchors and riggings.

Knots for Climbers - Craig Luebben (2001)
The name says it all. Good beginner text.

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills - Don Graydon
A classic of three decades and counting.

Speed Climbing - Hans Florine (2001)
Hans's unique look at climbing fast, light, and hard!

Better Bouldering - John Sherman (2000)
Verm’s spray on bouldering--technique, strategy, style, and so much more.

Training Titles:
Training For Climbing - Eric Horst (2002)
The most comprehensive and advanced book on training for climbing.

How to Climb 5.12 (2nd Edition) - Eric Horst (2003)
A streamlined, practical look at techniques and strategies for climbing harder, regardless of your current ability level.

The Rock Warrior's Way: Mental Training for Climbers – Arno Ilgner (2003)
A challenging, deep look at enhancing your mental performance.

Performance Rock Climbing - Dale Goddard (1993)
A classic book on training, based on strategies by euro Udo Neuman.

Climbing Your Best: Training to Maximize Your Performance - Heather Sagar (2001)
A unique, somewhat academic look at training and performance.

Climbing: Training for Peak Performance - Clyde Soles (2002)
Cylde’s nice treatment of the subject, with a little something for all types of climbers.

Climbing: A Women's Guide - Shelley Presson (2000)
The only climbing book crafted specifically for women.

Gym Climbing - Matt Burbach (2004)
Guide to maximizing your indoor climbing experience.

Coaching Climbing - Michelle Hurni (2002)
A very detailed guide to coaching youth climbers and climbing teams.

The Self-Coached Climber: (2005) - Hunter & Hague
A very good guide to climbing movement and performance.

Optimal Muscle Performance and Recovery - Edmund Burke (2002)
A cutting-edge look at accelerating recovery for exercise.

Sports Nutrition Guide for Athletes - Michael Colgan (2003)
A dietary approach to enhancing performance.

Performing in Extreme Environments – Larry Armstrong (1997)
An academic review of performing at elevation or in extreme weather.

Other Worthwhile Reads for Inspiration and Self-Development:
Beyond the Summit: Setting & Surpassing Extraordinary Business Goals (2003) - Todd Skinner
Legendary climber Skinner's book on elevating human performance in business and life.

Mental Wings – Eric Horst (2003)
My new program for excelling in the horizontal extreme...take your climbing skills and make them every day skills!

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World – Lynn Hill (2002)
An enjoyable autobiography by the best climber of my generation.

John Gill: Master of Rock – Pat Ament (1998)
An engaging look into the life of the greatest climber of all time.

Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber - Mark Twight (2002)
Insight into the life of this rad climber.

Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains – Jon Krakauer (1997)
Another Krakauer classic.

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey (1990)
One of the best self-development books.

FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990)
An academic, yet very fascinating tome on getting “into the zone.”

Good To Great - Jim Collins (2001)
A classic business book by famed Colorado climber—a great read for anyone interested in enhancing personal or organizational performance.

Todd Skinner Tribute DVD

This DVD began as a promotional piece for Todd's "Beyond the Summit" presentation, popular amongst Fortune 500 companies. Since Todd's passing, it is hoped that this DVD will help commemorate his life and continue his legacy. After expenses are covered, proceeds will benefit the Skinner Memorial Fund. This DVD was produced for a corporate audience, but it will surely inspire all who view it: businessperson or climber. Learn more at

Tragically, Todd was killed in a climbing accident in Yosemite on October 23, 2006. A Memorial Fund has been established for his wife and three young children. To donate, send contributions to: Skinner Memorial Fund, c/o Atlantic City Federal Credit Union, 704 W. Main Street, Lander, WY 82520

Favorite Links

Climbing Magazine
Rock & Ice Magazine
Alpinist Magazine
Urban Climber Magazine

Training-Related Resources
Neil Gresham's excellent "MasterClass"
John Gill's Bouldering site
Fitness Rack
Han Florine's "Nose-In-A-Day" site
Dave MacLeod training blog
Kris Hampton's Power Company blog

Online Communities
Camp 4
Climbing Boulder
Front Range Bouldering

Non-Profit Organizations
The Access Fund
ACE: Action Committee for Eldorado Canyon
American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA)
Pennsylvania Alliance of Climbers
Southeastern Climbers Coalition

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