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Sharp End Publishing
Authentic guides from core climbers
Welcome to Sharp End Publishing, the producers of the finest, most accurate climbing guidebooks available. Our authors are the experts in their area—real locals who are committed to developing, protecting and sharing their respected areas. From the the first book to include historical essays — Black Canyon Rock Climbs — to the first full color guide in the US — Indian Creek: A Climbing Guide — Sharp End has paved the way in guidebook publishing.
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Vertical Mind takes the reader on a cognitive neuroscientific climb that fuses the outer world of rock climbing with the inner world of neurons, muscle memory, and scripts.
—Robert Demski, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

In Vertical Mind, Elison and McGrath psychologically define many of the mental training tips I’ve learned through decades on the rock. Now, climbers have a clear blueprint and exercises to follow in order to psychologically prepare for climbing.
—Lynn Hill

With clear, authoritative yet conversational prose, the excellent Vertical Mind fills a much-needed gap in the climbing literature: that of the basic human psychology underpinning climbing and how the various scripts constantly running in our heads are actually holding us back—and how we can easily, through the fun exercises, paradigms, and philosphies presented in the book, reprogram ourselves for success. Climbing takes place almost entirely in the head, and Elison and McGrath, both PhDs and longtime climbers, get to the heart of the matter in a unique and insightful way that explains how—and more importantly, why—we sabotage ourselves, usually unknowingly. This book will breathe fresh life into your climbing game.
—Matt Samet, author of The Climbing Dictionary and Death Grip
Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing
by Don McGrath Ph.D. and Jeff Elison, Ph.D.