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Climbing Psychology

Monday Motivation: Interview with Molly Burdick - from heart disease to ninja warrior

10 years ago, Molly Burdick was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. After years fighting PTSD due to her illness, and often too scared to leave the house, her life changed forever when she watched a climbing video of Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra. Fast forward...

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Successful Climbing

Today's climbing has been a success. I've been to Wilton 3 Quarry, north of Bolton where I led one route (a Severe), and backed off another (a VDiff) only 2 metres from the top. You might wonder how this was 'successful', because climbing one route and backing off...

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Rules of Life // by Michelle Mudhar

There are religious books, self help books, there is even Jeremy Kyle. Everyone seems to have a take on how to live life, and which rules to follow. Like many, I prefer to have a loose framework to live my life by. I don't really have a particular ideology to follow.

two roads diverged in a wood and took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost.  This quote is with a picture of Michelle in a wood.

Michelle's outlook on life through the lens of climbing

Climbing appeals to me as a sport because it too has a basic framework/set of rules to use. The laws of physics don't change and I can solve problems using those laws to progress. The ironic part is that elements of climbing are all about breaking those rules. Taking that lead fall when you know its safe, but the rules say it's dangerous: climbing past a clip because it's easier to climb past it than clip in an awkward position; taking risks when you can just as easily walk away. Climbing has taught me so much about how to live my life.

Are you a climbing risk taker...?

Womenclimb contributor Bethan Thomas is doing a Masters Degree in Psychology.  Her area of study is climbing psychology and gender.  Here's the blurb about her research: Exploring the role of gender in predicting the relationship between self-efficacy, death anxiety and impulsive sensation seeking in high risk...

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The mind is everything

There are many quotes attributable to Buddha, but the one I love the most is this: "The mind is everything.  What you think, you become." This quote embodies everything I believe about being in control of my own future, by being in control of what I think...

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New Year, New You

As 2013 draws to a close it may be time to think about the year ahead and your goals.  It's all too common to start something with good intentions, but not continue past the first few weeks or the first month. So what motivates us? Interest Choose something...

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