Fear is a funny thing. When I first started lead climbing I was terrified of falling. I felt helpless on the wall, unable to move above my last clip and into the unknown territory of the iminent whipper. I climbed below my level for a long time trying to build the confidence to push myself.…

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The concept of antifragile, as developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb in a 2012 bestselling book of the same name, has been successfully applied to science, engineering, management, and finance. The basis of the theory is that if something is fragile, it breaks from stress. If something is sturdy, it withstands stress. Antifragile is that which…

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  To normal people, when they think of climbing training, phrases like “feel the burn”, “train to failure”, “P90X” or, even better, “no pain, no gain” seem to jump to the front of their minds. While this may be the case for many sports, it couldn’t’t be more different for climbing. Abide by those phrases…

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