Category Archives: General Fitness

Start Training for Climbing Safely: Five Essential Tips for Newbies


Mountain Gear’s 11th Annual Red Rock Rendezvous is just ahead of us, taking place March 28 through 30. In support of the upcoming festivities, I’ve written a post appearing in today’s Mountain Blog, “Start Training for Climbing Safely: Five Essential Tips for Newbies.” Hope to see you at the event!

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“Do not look at others’ bodies with envy or with superiority. All people are born with different constitutions. Never compare with others. Each one’s capacities are a function of his or her internal strength. Know your capacities and continually improve upon them.”

(From Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom, by B.K.S. Iyengar)

“Too often, coaches take an unscientific approach to training by literally following training programs of successful athletes or sports programs with complete disregard for the athlete’s training, experience, abilities, and physiological makeup. … Simply mimicking the training plans of elite athletes will not result in high levels of performance.” (from Periodization-5th Edition: Theory and Methodology of Training, by Tudor O. Bompa and G. Gregory Haff)