If you’re a serious rock climber, you know that it’s not a sport that you can approach with 50% effort. To be truly successful (and safe), you have to give at least 100%. That rule doesn’t just apply to your time on the rock, either. It’s just as important to integrate the culture of rock climbing into your everyday life. One way to do that is to ensure that all of the reading material stacked up on your nightstand is overflowing with rock climbing. So with that in mind, here are some of the best rock climbing books available.
Rock Warrior’s Way
By Arno Ilgner
Any serious rock climber will tell you that your mental fitness is just as important as the physical aspects of the sport. Start a route with your head somewhere else and you’ve got a really solid chance of finding yourself hanging from a quickdraw after a fall. The good news is that Arno Ilgner has written a book that can help guide you through the mental prep associated with rock climbing. His book actually gets pretty specific, covering everything from performance anxiety to downright fear.
Rock Jocks, Wall Rats, and Hang Dogs
By John Long
John Long was a pioneer of the climbing scene in Yosemite National Park. His book Rock Jocks, Wall Rats, and Hang Dogs is an awesome look at the early days of climbing. The book is full of fun and hilarious stories. These are the kinds of tales you expect to hear from a seasoned climber while sitting around a campfire and sipping something warm (and probably full of booze). If you’re looking for a little entertainment with invaluable climbing lessons in your reading, this is the book for you.
The Rock Climber’s Training Manual
By Michael L. Anderson and Mark L. Anderson
Maybe you’re not ready to invest in an entire library full of climbing books yet? Maybe you’re looking for just one, comprehensive book that covers all of the major training aspects associated with rock climbing? The Rock Climber’s Training Manual boasts a pretty bold and to-the-point title, and it delivers. This book is perhaps the best material on the market for laying out a training plan that’s practically guaranteed to improve your climbing. Regardless of your ability level, this book will make you better on the wall. If you’re going to start out with just one book on climbing, this should be it.