Saturday, September 24, 2011

Autumn Reflections

It seems only fitting that on this first day of autumn I am reflecting on what I have written on this blog and where I want to go next.

Autumn is a time of harvest and preparing for winter. Symbolically I see this as a time of reflection and introspection that prepares us for our next growth spurt in spring. I began this blog for my own exploration into the world of climbing psychology to record and share what I see, what I experience and what I’ve learned. It turned into a great project of awareness of myself and others and I’ve had a lot of fun (in a nerdy sort of way) researching what others have written and researched on it. So where should we go next?

I am aware that I have a small but loyal set of followers on this site. But my site statistics also show that many of you visit without being followers. So all combined, what do you, my readers, think should be an area of future focus for research and writing on this blog? What topic have you enjoyed most and would like to see more discussion of? What topic have I not touched on that you think I should? Consider yourselves my global focus group of sorts. Especially since so many of my readers are from outside of the U.S.

You’ve let me humor you with my thoughts and ideas and now I’d like to see your ideas. Please share via reply comments here or email me at I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. I've read all your blogs and I think you should have a guest blogger from someone you have researched or a well know climber. I would like to hear about their thoughts on anyone of your blog posts.

  2. It would be great to read about plateaus in your (or a) climbing "career" since that's what I'm going through now. Also, I often struggle to balance climbing with other athletic pursuits in my life. How do I strike a balance as a climber who wants to continually improve and be challenged but doesn't have the time to make climbing my only extracurricular?

  3. Great suggestions! Trevor, I definitely have people I would like to interview. I'll contact some and see if they would like to be interviewed or contribute something even? And Ann, writing more about plateaus and balance is a great idea.
    Keep the feedback coming!

  4. I would like to hear more about psychology of interpersonal dynamics between the climbing partners if there is anybody doing research on this or any related theories.

    I've always had this weird experience with most of my climbing partners so far but I don't know if it is just me or if other people may have similar problems:
    I usually feel strong and solid when my climbing partner feels weak or fearful, and it works the other way round too. When my partner feels good and takes the risks, I suddenly turn to 'top-rope princess', fearful of leading even medium grades well within my ability.

    It really annoys me, it seems like a never ending cycle.

  5. Hi Dana,

    That is a great insight you have in the dynamics with your climbing partners. I've experienced that same swap of "power" too. Sounds like a great topic and I'll look into it! Thanks for your comment.



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