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In Vertical Mind, Don McGrath and Jeff Elison teach rock climbers how to improve their mental game so they can climb better and have more fun. They teach how the latest research in brain science and psychology can help you retrain your mind and body for higher levels of rock climbing performance, while also demonstrating how to train and overcome fears and anxiety that hold you back. Finally, they teach climbing partners how to engage in co-creative coaching and help each other improve as climbers. 

With numerous and practical step-by-step drills and exercises, in a simple to follow training framework, your path to harder climbing has never been clearer. If you are a climber who wants to climb harder and have more fun climbing, then Vertical Mind is required reading. Well, what's stopping you? Pick it up and get training today!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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Great training manual - Bit of a slow listen

The book has loads of great information on training the psychological side of climbing. I thought it worked well as an audio book on the whole but there are a few lists that take a couple listens to fully comprehend. I'd recommend it.

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Narrative was a bit poor and too technical

okay context but bad narrating, the narration felt very technical and as a climber i felt that the narrator did not know climbing or if he did, he could not present it in a way that would keep me intrested. listened allthough all the way through the book, because I am currently injured and want to still progress as a climber

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Robot Reading

Quite hard to listen to, sounds like there is a robot reading so very little charisma or emotion.

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  • Jake
  • 09-09-20

horrible narration

sounds like a robot trying to read a book.
I wish a climber read this one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-18

self help for climbers who lost having fun

Great book that I would recommend to pretty much everyone who is willing to improve their lives or athletic performance. Sure this is a climbing book so most examples are focused on climbing and most issues discussed are climbing related, but almost everything can be translated to any other althletic activity or life in general.

Climbing is a strange. For me it is purely a hobby, I am not even a good climber by any means, not internationally, not locally, not at my gym and not even among my friends, however it is still a big part of my life and my identity. This has led to numerous problems, for example fear of failure and even unhealthy amount of time spent climbing or training for climbing, to the point where I would feel frustrated to skip a training session to have a beer with friends.

This book will adrress many such problems and ways to overcome these crippling habits. I want to improve my climbing, I also want to have a healthier relationship with my favorite activity and I want to have more fun and less negative emotioms and thoughts when I am out climbimg, so I had a very open mind while reading this book hence it reflected greatly to me. I found many areas to fix on my approach to climbing and life in general with great tips and advices how to achieve that.

To incorporate what I've learned to my life and climbing and actually improve is now up to me.

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  • Laura Holder
  • 10-03-21

Terrible voice

The content seems good, but I can not stand the voice. I am so disappointed

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  • Eric Christopherson
  • 13-01-21

better to read physical copy

lots of valuable information, but too many lists and step by steps to be a good audio book. narration was very monotone and kinda dull. again, great info! really better to buy a hard copy, I think.

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  • Amanda Oates
  • 05-01-21

Great substance, a little hard to listen to.

I own the hard copy of this book as well but haven’t had much time to sit down and read, perfect it’s on audible I thought! The material is super useful and easy to follow but the narration sounded very robotic. I actually thought it was a computer until I double checked. Overall I recommend the book, read it if you have time, but just be prepared for the narration.

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  • SG
  • 01-10-20

Can’t complain

It had good tips, I think it would be a better format getting a hard copy as there are quizzes and such. As I new climber I found the techniques described in the book helpful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-20

narrator absolutely ruined this!

buy the book and read it. you will be so thankful that you didn't have to listen to the book being annihilated by a terrible narration. I unfortunately couldn't even finish it because it was so painful. there's good info in this book, I wish I could have been able to see it to the end.

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  • Dylan Day
  • 30-06-20

Great Book horrible voice

Couldn't listen to this the voice is horrible. Good read though! 👍 just have a real person record it!

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  • F1oored
  • 12-02-20

Not great.

The idea that climbing is 90% mental doesn’t really ring true for me. I can’t climb a 5.14c because I don’t have the strength or the technique. I don’t think the fear of being dropped by my sponsors is really a factor for me. Mainly because I don’t have sponsors. I feel like this book is intended for the elite level climbers not the weekend warriors.

Beyond that, I didn’t think it was overly well written and it felt like it was being read to me by a robot.

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  • Anna Ralston
  • 24-08-18

Awesome mantras

Loved this book! It’s one I will listen to over and over again. Deals with the things that go through every climbers mind we just can’t put a name to it. Have already put into play changing my scripts and it has done wonders for my climbing. The most highly recommend!