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Mental Fitness Climbing Clinics

From: Kristi
Sent on: Friday, February 12, 2010 9:38 AM
Good Morning Climbers,

I just found about these clinics and wanted to pass along the info, they look very interesting.

The Rock Warrior's Way by Arno Llgner is a mental training guide for climbers. One of his certified trainers, Jeff Achey, will be teaching mental fitness clinics in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs next week. Jeff is a long time Colorado climber, past editor of Climbing magazine, project editor for both of Arno's books, and author of Climb! (history of Colorado climbing). I have included more about Jeff after the clinic details.

Clinic Title: Warrior?s Way? Mental Fitness Espresso Clinic

Register at these gyms (all clinics are 6-10pm)
Feb 15, Boulder Rock Club, Boulder:[masked]
Feb 16, CityRocks, Colorado Spgs:[masked]
Feb 17, Rock?n & Jam?n #1, Thornton:[masked]
Feb 18, Rock?n & Jam?n #2, Centennial:[masked]
Investment: $69 for gym members; $79 for non-members
Max number: 8 / clinic
Clinic description: The Warrior's Way? teaches how to focus
attention during the climbing process, especially when you?re
full of doubt and under stress. By focusing this way you
improve your commitment and climb more deliberately.
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
? Practice falling in small increments
? Give a cushioned belay
? Engage your body to develop flow and momentum
? Deal with climbing stress
? Improve problem-solving skills
? Reduce fear, and more
Content of the class
We?ll do awareness, movement, breathing, and resting exercises
on moderate routes. Then some falling practice. We'll finish
with a challenging route to apply what we?ve learned.
Prerequisites for clinic:
? It?s helpful if you?ve read The Rock Warrior?s Way or
Espresso Lessons, but it isn?t absolutely necessary.
? The clinic seems to be best for those who have hit a plateau,
experience frustration, fear, loss of motivation, or other
mental fitness issues.
? You DO need to know the fundamentals of knots, belaying, and
basic climbing skills.
? You DO NOT need to be able to lead to take the clinic.
Equipment Needed:
? Harness, shoes, belay device, and a helmet (if you want to
wear one). The gym usually provides lead ropes and sometimes

LIMITED OPPORTUNITY: This is the only time this year to take
advantage of this training.

More About Jeff Achey:
Jeff Achey is best known for his Eldorado, Canyonlands, and Black Canyon first ascents, and especially as a longtime editor at Climbing Magazine and author of the 2000 edition of the Colorado climbing-history book CLIMB!
Jeff is also an educator by training. Before his career with the magazines, he instructed and course directed for Colorado Outward Bound for 10 years and ran the rock-climbing program at an outdoor-oriented high school for 4 years. He have been instructing climbing formally and informally for about 25 years, and has written numerous technique-oriented articles.
More to the point of the clinics, he has worked very closely with Arno on the development of the Warrior's Way material since its inception, including writing the first piece that described the basic principles, an article for Climbing Magazine. Since then he has spent hundreds of hours on helping articulate the concepts for Arno's two books and several other articles. He has participated in several of Arno's clinics, and recently assisted him on a tour in the Washington DC / Baltimore area.

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