• About the book

    How does it feel to rock climb - the touch, ethics, companionship, landscape, and language? A Feeling for Rock explores such topics in a clever mix of poetry, cartoons, photographs, essays, and interviews with both lifelong climbers and total beginners. Fun for dipping into or a more immersive read, it will brighten your climbing experience. A Feeling for Rock won the Climbing Literature Award 2021 at Banff Mountain Book Competition. "I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's thoroughly weird, which is GOOD." - Andrew Bisharat “One of the pleasures of reading this book is you rarely know what Dobner is going to come up with next… If…you too have been wondering where the joy of climbing has gone, I recommend you get yourself a copy of A Feeling for Rock.” - Ian Parnell Read the review by Andrew Bisharat over at Evening Sends here, and the one by Ian Parnell at UKClimbing here.

    Author

    Sarah-Jane Dobner is a devoted climber from Bristol, UK. “Rock climbing has shaped my body, my bookshelves, my home, my holidays, the clothes I wear, the vehicle I drive, how I spend my money and what happens when I die. I am a product of the rock. The dynamic is visceral, spiritual, intellectual and emotional – no area untouched by this curious hobby.” Follow her on Instagram and Facebook @afeelingforrock.

    Details

    • A Feeling for Rock
    • 2021 Dob Dob Dob UK
    • by Sarah Jane Dobner
    • 268 B&W pages
    • 9781838400415
  • About Climbing Psychology

    Ever experienced a fear of falling, fear of failure, or any other negative thoughts that distract you from climbing your best? Author Kevin Roet's interest in climbing psychology developed because of direct experience with his own fear of falling. If you would like to push your limits instead of finding a myriad of reasons to say "take", then this book is for you. Rooted in modern psychological concepts like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and current scientific research, the book will help break down your fear response and allow you to shift your focus away from your fear. Kevin runs workshops on climbing psychology and has solicited feedback from students, honing his concepts into a very readable and colorfully illustrated book. For an informative review, as well as an inside look into the table of contents and a few pages from the book, check out this article on UKClimbing.com.

    Features

    • Color photographs and illustrations
    • Essays and thoughts from experienced and professional climbers
    • Exercises and practical advice, including QR code links to supplemental material

    About the author

    Kevin Roet is a mountain guide, and runs a mountain skills and training company in the UK called Rise and Summit. He also is a climbing coach, consultant, and runs workshops. He loves climbing and helping other folks gain the experience and confidence to climb their very best.

    Details

    • Climbing Psychology
    • 2021 Kevin Roet
    • 208 pages, illustrated in color
    • 978-1527287686
    This is a great resource for anyone looking to up their game, and is an excellent companion to Rock Warrior's Way and Espresso Lessons by Arno Ilgner.
  • About the book

    Espresso Lessons is the companion to Rock Warrior's Way, with practical exercises. A good cup of espresso is big coffee in a small cup. Likewise, Espresso Lessons concentrates the essence of the Rock Warrior's Way method.  You'll need the original Rock Warrior's Way for the bigger story behind the practice, but for no-nonsense exercises to help you improve your mental game on the rock, this book is a gem. Here is a blurb by Julie Ellison of Climbing Magazine about Espresso Lessons.

    About the author

    Arno Ilgner (from his website warrior’sway.com): 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. He currently resides with his family near Nashville, Tennessee.

    Details:

    • Espresso Lessons
    • 2009 Desdierata Institute
    • by Arno Ilgner
    • 115 B&W pages
    • 9780974011233
  • About the book

    Setting good climbing routes in the gym is about a lot more than just the shape and size of the holds. Inside Fundamentals of Routesetting you will learn important skills such as how to accommodate tall and short climbers, promote creative technique, control a route's tempo, and minimize risk of injury. Our sport has been lacking in a written reference to help teach and standardize routesetting activities. In 2004, The Art of Coursesetting was written to meet that need. Fundamentals of Routesetting is essentially a new edition that has been updated to reflect the changes in our industry since that time. A brief overview of all relevant topics is offered, with enough detail to educate and get setters started, but leaving plenty of room for individual creativity and implementation. Scott Rennak (founder of the popular American Bouldering Series - ABS) has put together an informative section on competition organization, management and formatting options. This wisdom is the culmination of hundreds of successful competitions and offers the insight necessary to make your event all that it can be. Also included are essays from several premier routesetters such as Chris Danielson, Molly Beard and Matt Bosley.

    About the author

    Written by nationally recognized master routesetter, Louie Anderson. Louie owns "The Factory Bouldering Gym" in Orange, CA, and currently resides in Tensleep, WY with his wife and climbing partner, Valarie, and their two daughters. He is also author of Riverside Quarry and Sport Climbing the Santa Monicasas well as Ten Sleep Canyon Climbing. Here is an interesting interview in Climbing Business Journal if you'd like to read more about Louie's thoughts about the trends in routesetting and gyms in North America.

    Details

    • Fundamentals of Routesetting
    • 2014 Louie Anderson
    • by Louie Anderson
    • 236 full-color pages
    • 9780976663010
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    Pre-order now and save $4 off the cover price! Books expected in early July 2022. You will receive tracking information when the book ships.

    About the book

    The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is the newest destination on the East Coast national park tour. It's also one of the worthiest, with dramatic scenery and so much for visitors to do. Local-born author Amanda Ashley knows the area intimately, and has put together an indispensable guidebook for anyone visiting the New River Gorge National Park. Robert Legg's colorful photography illustrates the beautiful, fun, and informative guide. Looking for a a relaxed day in town, or a thrilling whitewater raft trip? A hike to a beautiful overlook or a driving tour to a historic mining town? This guide has you covered no matter how much time you have or how much adventure you're looking for.

    Features

    • Packed with color photos
    • 17 color maps help you find your way
    • Info on each of the Visitor Centers
    • Recommended activities
    • Cultural history
    • Natural history
    • Festival and event information
    • Local businesses
    • Lodging and dining recommendations

    About the authors

    Amanda and Robert are siblings and lifelong residents of the New River Gorge. Adventure gypsies at heart, they’ve explored this area since before they could walk — and once they could, well, they went everywhere in the park. From driving up and down the gorge before the New River Gorge Bridge was built, to the early days of rafting, they’ve seen the area grow and change and blossom. They’ve camped on the river, climbed the cliffs, hiked and biked the trails, run the rapids of the New River, and know how to best experience all of it. Together and separately they’ve gone on adventures around the globe and both appreciate that it’s the intersection of people and place that makes traveling to a new destination so rewarding and fun.

    Details

    • New River Gorge National Park & Preserve Visitor's Guide
    • 2022 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Amanda Ashley and Robert Legg
    • 116 full color pages
    • 978-1-938393-433
    For a quick list of ideas to do in a few hours at the New River Gorge National Park, check out this article. Looking for more in-depth guidebooks? Hiking and Biking in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve covers the excellent trails at the New River Gorge. If rock climbing is your thing, check out the two volume set, New River Rock Volume 1 and New River Rock Volume 2 for comprehensive coverage of climbing at the New.
  • About the book

    The Rock Warrior's Way is the definitive mental training manual for climbers. Learn to focus attention, overcome fear, use effective strategies, and build powerful habits. Getting strong in the gym can help improve your climbing, but an effective mental game will help you learn to apply that strength. A strong mind is the key to becoming powerful on the rock. Drawing from "warrior" literature (as well as sports psychology), The Rock Warrior's Way is the ultimate tool to help improve your performance and gain more enjoyment from your climbing. Find the companion to The Rock Warrior's Way, known as Espresso Lessons, here.

    About the author

    Arno Ilgner (from his website warrior'sway.com): 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. He currently resides with his family near Nashville, Tennessee.

    Details

    • The Rock Warrior's Way
    • 2003 Desiderata Institute
    • by Arno Illgner
    • 146 B&W pages
    • 9780974011219

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