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Three years ago, a friend recommended I read the Rock Warrior Way to help me improve my climbing. It was a mental training guidebook that helped climbers identify egos, fears, and other mind tricks that can hold them back from being better. In less than three months, this book changed my life – but not in the way I thought.

Yes, it helped me focus my climbing techniques. But it also helped me step outside my comfort zone and try some new things. One of those was a solo backpack trip in Italy and a side trip to a small climbing village called Finale. Those of you who read my blog know the rest of the story.

Last weekend, Josh and I returned to the Red Rock Rendezvous, an epic climbing festival with some of the world’s best climbers teaching the clinics. My goal was to put to rest the one regret I had from the past year – to take the Rock Warriorr clinic and meet the author of the book.

Arno Ilgner is a quiet, insightful man who took our class – a mix of strong climbers and those new to the sport – through exercises to relax, raise our awareness and intent. Some of the things he taught us were things I knew before from the book and from years of climbing. But putting the different techniques together helped me refocus my climbing efforts. So much so, that I credit my rock warrior skills to helping me win to dyno contest later on that evening at the expo!

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