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The essential handbook for every beginner, Learning to Climb Indoorsis the most complete book available on indoor climbing. Veteran climber, performance coach, and renowned author Eric J. Hörst gives you all the information you need to get started and have fun. From what to expect on your first visit to a climbing gym to in-depth instruction on climbing techniques, tactics, strategy, and taking your indoor skills outdoors, this guide will take you through your first few days-and years-as a climber. This revised and fully updated edition includes a new section on youth climbing as well as more information on taking your indoor-climbing skills outside onto real rock. Full color photos round out the package to make Learning to Climb Indoorsan indispensable resource for new climbers.
Eric Horst has been climbing for nearly thirty years. He is the author of Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, Training for Climbing, and How to Climb 5.12. He lives with his wife Lisa Ann and their two sons, Cameron and Jonathan, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction (2) Welcome to the Vertical Extreme! (3) Equipment and Safety Gear (4) Learning the Safety Systems (5) The Keys to Rapid Learning of Skills (6) Basic Skills and Drills (7) Advanced Techniques and Drills (8) Lead Climbing and Success Strategies (9) Mental Training and Fear Management (10) Getting into Climbing Shape (11) The Secrets to Climbing Your Best (12) Afterword (13) Glossary (14) Suggested Reading (15) Resources
Welcome to the exhilarating world of indoor climbing! Regardless of your age, background, or level of fitness, indoor climbing will present you with many unique challenges--and rewards--that are far different from other sports. As you will soon discover, the wonder of indoor climbing is the unique way in which it engages both the mind and body. Each climb reveals a novel challenge that offers the opportunity for self-development. Solving a puzzling sequence of hand and foot holds is akin to a vertical chess match requiring a dynamic mix of problem solving, positive thinking, and fear management. Physically, climbing will challenge your flexibility, stamina, body control, and almost every muscle from your legs to your abdominals to your soon-to-be-pumped arms. In aggregate, climbing provides what may be the most complete mind-body workout available. And, it's an absolute blast!