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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Breed Productions (Nov. 25 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095642810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956428103
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
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Reading the back of the book I was hoping to get more technical content-when he talks about the science of climbing. Instead it felt more like a philosophy of climbing training book. This seemed to be the intent of the author, inasmuch that there are no specific examples on which to cling on. On the up side it forces the reader to think about the ideas/concepts of training and come up with their own personalized solutions. On the down side something that would be great to see is a set of specific examples that can be use to inspire our own solutions.

Even though it reads pretty easily, some pictures and more graphs/tables would have made it a lighter read.
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This book takes a realistic look at why you are not yet living up to your climbing potential.
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HASH(0x9a4dbabc) out of 5 stars 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes March 5 2010
By Zachary Rubin - Published on
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This book is not your step-by-step training guide. If you want to learn how to climb 5.12's then there are other books for that. What this book offers is a guide to shifting the way you think about climbing. Take a step back, analyze what you're doing and then consider how it can be improved or optimized. I recommend this book for anyone who is serious about advancing their climbing to it's peak level and is struggling to find coherent information on the various aspects of climbing training.
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a4af954) out of 5 stars Too vague and wordy to learn from Dec 4 2013
By Guy who buys stuff - Published on
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I expected it to be good advice about how to be a better climber. Here's what you get:

1. No pictures
2. Little concrete advice
3. Vague suggestions about how to be better (climb more, lose weight, focus, don't be afraid) bordering on platitudes
4. A boatload of spelling and punctuation errors suggesting that the author wrote this book in a stream-of-consciousness

Go ahead and read the reviews. Do any of them say "Dave's book helped me with (specific thing)?" No. They say: "Dave gave me the tough words I need to hear" or "Dave really helped me be a better climber."

I climb V3 at my local gym and I realize that doesn't mean much to some of you. But it's taken me nearly a year of steady climbing to get there and along the way there were things I just wished people had told me.

That is, about foot positioning, body positioning. Hoe to use your big toe and how to pick the right shoe -- does it really matter how tight? Which muscles you can expect to grow, and how fast. How not to get injured. How to pull your hips into the wall and open your hips to push. This book had none of these, and if it did, it was so vague and wordy that I missed it.

Please skim a copy of the ebook before you buy this -- if I had, I wouldn't have bought it. I know Dave is a great climber but I was just so underwhelmed that it hurts.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a55f4c8) out of 5 stars Just what I needed. June 17 2010
By Christopher M. Chilas - Published on
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This book is great if you've been climbing for a while and train pretty hard. I've been climbing for about 3 years, climb about 3 days a week (or more if I can) and have climbed V7 outdoors (not to say that I'm awesome, but I'm not a novice). I found this book very helpful, especially in dealing training principles. It looks at overall, big picture methods, which provides a good context for looking at all sorts of other details (not provided in book necessarily).

In short, this book does a god job (in my opinion) of looking at the big picture of training for climbing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a4d2f24) out of 5 stars Unconventional format, but excellent Sept. 14 2011
By P. Van Der Meer - Published on
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I've only read one other book on climbing, but I've read course material and I tend to keep up with the magazines on Alpinism and rock climbing. In any case, I think this book is one of the best pieces of climbing literature I've come across.

The format is highly unconventional. It's not the typical five-step guide to fame and fortune in which you should follow absolutely everything the author tells you to. This one also mentions the mistakes most climbers commonly make and starts with the most important. As such, it's that much more believable, and also much more recognisable. It guides you from all your malpractices into the realm of the most technically skilled rock climbers.

I've only read half of it, but I've already had a dozen of moments where I went ", if only I knew this earlier...". The primary focus of the book is on psychology and technique. Not surprising, since these form two-thirds of the climbing experience.

There are a couple of drawbacks like the large scale absence of pictures (to explain the movements), and this book is definitely not for the beginning climber: you should have spent a few hundred times in the climbing hall or on the rock (and you should be able to visualise and feel movements being explained). If this is you, and you have been barking up the wrong tree for a while, this book is for you!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a246870) out of 5 stars do you fear falling ? June 23 2012
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I really enjoyed this book! Read it front to back in two or three sittings, and I will defiantly read sections of it over again multiple times. I didn't think I had a great fear of falling, but after reading this book I realized a lot of what holds me back from harder grades is a fear of falling. I have been taking more lead falls than ever and it is helping more than I imagined. I got my first 5.12 red-point while reading this book and I'am enjoying climbing at my limit so much more because I'm focusing on the climbing instead of the falling. I doubt that fear of falling ever goes away entirely but now I have the mental skills to fight it when it rears it's ugly head. If you struggle to lead bolder, harder, or run out routes buy this book. There are no fancy diagrams or pictures, but the writing gets straight to the point.