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In 1995, 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 considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort – the “journey” – intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the “destination.” Alumni of his courses now include some of the nation’s most prominent climbers.

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. He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea.

Email Arno to book a course with him (or select a prescheduled course, when available, below).

April 2020

Combat Veteran Course – Flagstaff, AZ

April 3, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Flagstaff Climbing, AZ, 205 South San Francisco Street
San Francisco, AZ 86001 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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Combat Veteran Course – Upper Saddle River, NJ

April 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - April 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Gravity Vault – Upper Saddle River, NJ, 107 Pleasant Ave
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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Combat Veteran Course – Poughkeepsie, NY

April 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - April 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Gravity Vault – Poughkeepsie, NY, 6 Neptune Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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May 2020

Combat Veteran Course – Nashville, TN

May 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
The Crag, South Nashville, TN, 15115 Old Hickory Boulevard, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37211 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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Combat Veteran Course – Bend, OR

May 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Bend Rock Gym – Bend, OR, 1182 SE Centennial Ct
Bend, OR 97702 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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June 2020

Combat Veteran Course – Austin, TX

June 5, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Crux Climbing Center, TX, 121 Pickle Road #100
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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Combat Veteran Course – Austin, TX

June 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - June 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
Crux Climbing Center, TX, 121 Pickle Road #100
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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Free

A Rock-Climbing and Mental-Training Program for Combat Veterans and Their Families: who are able to walk to crags and participate in rock climbing. You don't have to be a rock climber to take this course. We keep you on easy terrain so you can learn and enjoy the lessons climbing can teach.

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