The Warrior's Way Espresso Clinics – 2009 Midwest Tour

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Arno Ilgner (top left) with a group of Warrior

The “Espresso” four-hour clinics, camps and presentations are introductions to mental fitness training and are specifically targeted for climbers who want to learn or refine their climbing skills, as well as improve safety awareness, and gain a heightened degree of mental focus by applying the Warrior’s Way program.

Where, When, How to register:

  • Upper Limits, MO – Feb 16 (12-4pm & 6-10pm) – 314.241.7625

  • Univ of Minnesota, Duluth – Feb 18 (12-4pm & 6-10pm) – 218.726.6257

  • Boulders Gym, Madison, WI – Feb 19 (12-4pm & 6-10pm) – 608.244.8100

  • Univ of Illinois, Urbana – Feb 22 (10-2pm) – 217.333.8747

  • RockQuest, Cincinnati, OH – Feb 23 (11-3pm & 5-9pm) – 513.733.0123

  • Planet Rock, Ann Arbor, MI – Feb 24 (6-10pm) – 734.827.2680

  • Hoosier Heights, Bloomington, IN (tentative) – Feb 25

Check: for updates and more locations

Clinic description: The Warrior’s Way mental fitness clinics teach how to focus attention during the climbing process, especially when we are most apt to seek escape. By learning how to focus attention we reduce our fears and improve our commitment.

You’ll learn to:

  • Develop self awareness

  • Stay centered

  • Fall

  • Improve commitment

  • Assess risks

  • Improve fluidity

  • Reduce doubts

  • Improve problem-solving skills

  • Reduce fear, and more

What you get:

  • Four hours of training

  • Espresso Card [a $4 value]

  • Stickers

  • Graduation Certificate

  • An appropriate relationship with your mind…

Course length: 4 hours

Investment: $79 for non-members, $69 for members

Max number: 8

Content of the clinic: You’ll be doing climbing exercises on lead or toprope, depending on the amount of leading experience you have. The exercises will begin on moderately difficult routes, then falling practice, more moderate routes, and finally a challenging climb.

What to expect:

  • We’ll begin by learning how to break a climb into decision points.

  • Second, we’ll learn to notice the type of thoughts we typically have.

  • Third, we’ll practice falling (in small increments and only as much as the student wants).

  • Fourth, we’ll work on improving fluidity and staying centered.

  • Finally, we learn how to prepare and commit at these decision point.

Equipment Needed: Harness, shoes, belay device, and a helmet (if you have one). The gym will provide lead ropes and sometimes helmets.

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