Training Information

Training for Rock Climbers

We give short clinics to longer seminars and camps on developing greater mental fitness. Below are some of our training classes.

Falling & Commitment Clinic / Camp

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Description: This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Finally, students apply everything to a goal route. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks and how to commit to those risks.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Fall safely
  • Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay
  • Break a climb into smaller risk events
  • Assess risks effectively
  • Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones
  • Engage no- and yes-fall zones appropriately
  • Make appropriate risk decisions
  • Improve body and mind awareness
  • Rest effectively
  • Improve breathing
  • Create flow and momentum
  • Deal with climbing stress
  • Commit more deliberately
  • Reduce fear, and more

Pre-requisites:

  • Able to toprope 5.8 in a gym with no falls
  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week
  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Falling Clinic/Camp

Additonal Information

Description: Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Fall safely through progressive falling practice
  • Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay
  • Fall while clipping or committing
  • Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones
  • Deal with fear of falling
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Reduce fear, and more

Process: You’ll start by learning how to fall on a loose top rope and gradually increase your fall distance until you work your way up to taking lead falls.

Pre-requisites:

  • Able to toprope 5.8 in a gym with no falls
  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week
  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Commitment Clinic / Camp

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Description: How do you react when you are pumped and doubting your ability to commit? Many climbers lose commitment because they over-think. To stay committed you need to stop at stances and think through the risk. Then you need to make an appropriate risk decision, and commit completely to taking action on that decision. That is the emphasis of this camp.

You’ll learn to:

  • Become aware of your mind’s limiting tendencies
  • Use your mind’s intelligence to do effective risk-assessment
  • Distinguish between no-fall and yes-fall zones
  • Make appropriate risk decisions
  • Rest efficiently
  • Develop flow and momentum
  • Deal with climbing stress/chaos
  • Improve problem-solving skills
  • Reduce fear, and more

Pre-requisites:

  • Able to toprope 5.8 in a gym with no falls
  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week
  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Trad / Mental Camp

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Description: This course is specifically targeted toward developing better mental focus for leading trad routes. To accomplish this, we need to develop trust in our gear and jamming ability. We’ll develop this trust by falling on gear, moving continuously when jamming, quick and precise gear placement and improving mental focus through application of the Warrior’s Way. You’ll leave knowing how to take appropriate risks on trad routes with improved mental focus.

You’ll learn to:

  • To place and assess trad protection
  • Trad jamming skills
  • Trusting trad gear by falling on it
  • Assessing risks effectively, allowing you to take appropriate risks
  • Improve commitment and mental focus
  • Improve safety awareness

What we won’t be covering:

  • Equalizing anchors
  • Multi-pitch transitions
  • Other basic trad skills

Pre-requisites:

  • Able to lead 5.8 sport, or top-rope 5.9 with no falls
  • Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week
  • At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year
  • Some experience following or leading trad routes
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Advanced Trad / Mental Camp

  • Learn advanced mental and trad skills to improve efficiency and effectiveness while on-sighting and redpointing trad routes, taught at outdoor crags.
Additonal Information

Description: Improving your performance and taking your trad to the next level requires you to refine the subtleties of jamming, movement, gear placement, resting, falling, and thinking. You also need to balance your desire to send with enjoying climbing for its own sake. You will learn these skills and apply them to on-sight and redpoint climbing.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Deal with ambiguity and trust your jams
  • Improve movement and commitment
  • Place gear quickly
  • Refine resting stances and energy recovery
  • Trust trad gear by falling on it
  • Think critically for risk assessment
  • Set goals
  • Prepare for an on-sight ascent
  • Work a project and prepare for the redpoint ascent
  • Balance desire to send with enjoying process

Pre-requisites:

  • Know the basics of trad, like placing gear, types of anchors, etc.
  • Able to lead a minimum of 5.10a trad routes without falling
  • Climb regularly so you are physically fit for this camp.

Presentations

We give presentations to climbing groups, at climbing events, or to non-climbing organizations. Contact us if you’d like to book one.
  • Introduction to Mental Fitness Training
  • Practical Applications of The Warrior’s Way
  • Risk Taking
  • Developing awareness
  • Risk Assessment
  • Taking Effective Action
  • The Practice Process

Other Training

We are in the process of developing training classes for individuals and organizations outside of rock climbing. Stay tuned for future developments.

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