Sunday, February 7, 2010

9 Out of 10 Climbers Book Review

On the “Mountains and Water” website is a review of Dave MacLeod’s new book . Some quotes from the review:

“MacLeod’s book is a healthy reminder how hard climbing can be and how it is to work out of a plateau…Early on he offers the thought that climbers are afraid of change more than anything else since change implies a risk of failure. Failure for many climbers is both personal and public, at least in their minds, and the sense of self-worth that climbing gives has an ugly side when climbing fails to deliver it…Ask yourself, he says, how much time you actually climb in a given training session. Maybe 30 minutes out of two or three hours? What are you doing in the meantime? If you aren’t focusing on remembering what worked, what didn’t, and thinking about why, you have cut the time value of the session by half or more by not learning from it when the experience is freshest.”

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