As someone who has spent a lot of time and energy with mental training, I can say
with confidence that Maximum Climbing is your best tool for taking control of your
most powerful asset as a climber: your mind.
Maximum Climbing fills a deep need for a training book that explores the broad array of elements that make a climber and fully integrates the physical, technical, mental, and spiritual. This is a book as much about soul as grit, as inspiring as it is educational. —Susan E. B. Schwartz, author of Into the Unknown: The Remarkable Life of Hans Kraus
I’ve been climbing forty years and studying it as long, yet a great deal of this book
was new and, even better, helpful to me personally. Maximum Climbing is in part the
author’s personal manifesto, and it is worth reading on that basis alone.
For anyone interested in learning more about how the mind works and how
important psychological factors are in determining the quality of our experience and
performance, Maximum Climbing is a useful and fascinating read. In this powerful
text, Hörst presents an impressive collection of mental training techniques, practice
exercises, and insights for climbers at all levels of ability.
There are volumes of books on how to train your body for climbing, but Maximum
Climbing teaches you how to climb better by flexing the most critical muscle—the
three-pound one between your ears. Using a highly detailed step-by-step process that
is clearly presented for beginner to expert climbers, Eric Hörst instructs on mental
training. His book runs that gamut from A to Z, but my favorites include how to
manage fear, build confidence, and focus—three areas all of us need to work on but,
until now, didn’t even know where to begin.
Eric Hörst’s new book, Maximum Climbing, provides climbers with a clear path to
athletic mastery. As a climber and performance coach, I’ve sought out every piece
of information I could find on improving athletic performance. Use the methods put
forth in this book, and you will improve; not just as a climber, but as a human being.
Dissolving the illusion of mind/body separation, Eric Hörst’s Maximum Climbing shows the way to achieve what I like to call one’s Vertical Path: a completely holistic
state of being in which the spirit—the essence of climbing—is woven into the
tapestries of our lives.
In this fascinating work, Eric Hörst reveals many of the secrets to rock climbing
your best by tapping into the vast potential of the human brain. Soundly based in
scientific research, Maximum Climbing is both user-friendly and interactive, drawing
the reader into the book’s ideas and concepts through self-tests and exercises. I
will strongly recommend this groundbreaking work to every one of my climbing
Do you really want to be the best climber that you can be? Then read all of Eric
Hörst’s how-to books and, in particular, read Maximum Climbing! Get out your
highlighter for this powerful book. I did!
Eric Hörst is one of those exceptional individuals who radiates positive energy
virtually wherever he goes. Just to be in his presence recently I felt the urge to train
again, to go up to the rock and once again try to conform my hands and fingers to
As both a neuroscientist and avid climber, I can’t help but love this book! I found
Maximum Climbing to be a fascinating amalgamation of both the intellectual and
athletic parts of my life. As a result, not only do I now look at climbing differently,
but surprisingly, I now look at neuroscience at bit differently as well. Maximum
Climbing is a profound text that will revolutionize how you think about climbing,
how you train for climbing, how you experience climbing—and perform—whether
in the gym, or out at the crags!