At the heart of the Warrior's Way method is learning how to commit your attention effectively in the moment. Very simply, when you climb, climb, when you rest, rest.


Learning how to separate these two tasks is what the Warrior's Way method is all about. Over the last 10 years, NRMG has worked with Arno Ilgner to develop a curriculum to teach climbers like yourself how to overcome limiting tendencies.


The Warrior's Way method of climbing will train you to stay on task, minimize distractions and commit your attention more effectively so you can climb more deliberately with commitment.


This course is specifically targeted toward developing a better mental focus for leading trad routes. To accomplish this, we need to develop trust in our gear and jamming ability. We’ll develop this trust by falling on gear, moving continuously when jamming, quick and precise gear placement and improving mental focus through the application of the Warrior’s Way.
You will come away from the training with tools to manage the risk of leading trad climbs, gain experience falling on your gear, refine your movement skills to find more flow, and you’ll learn how to focus your attention effectively so you’re more committed when climbing.
You’ll leave knowing how to take appropriate risks on trad routes with improved mental focus. 
You’ll learn to:
-Assess your gear placements
-Trad jamming skills
-Trust trad gear by falling on it
-Assessing risks effectively, allowing you to take appropriate risks
-Improve commitment and mental focus
-Improve safety awareness
What we won’t be covering:
-Learn how to place gear (This course is not appropriate for those who have never placed gear before)
-Equalizing anchors
-Multi-pitch transitions
-Other basic trad skills

Pre-Requisite Experience:

-Able to lead 5.8 sport or top-rope 5.9 with no falls

-Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week

-At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

-Experience following or leading trad routes 



Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing. In this 2-day camp, you will learn how to more effectively deal with falling situations by applying Warrior's Way exercises straight from the pages of the Espresso Lessons.


You'll learn to:

-Fall safely

-Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay

-Break a climb into smaller risk events

-Assess risks effectively

-Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones

-Engage no- and yes-fall zones appropriately

-Make appropriate risk decisions

-Improve body and mind awareness

-Rest effectively

-Improve breathing

-Create flow and momentum

-Deal with climbing stress

-Commit more deliberately

-Reduce fear


Pre-Requisite Experience:

-Minimum 6 months climbing experience

-Climb a minimum of 5.9 in the gym without falling

-Being able to lead climb is not required, however, if -students want to lead during the clinic they must get lead certified at the gym PRIOR to the clinic date.


Suggested Preparation:

Read Espresso Lessons with emphasis on Preparation and Action Chapters, and the exercises in the Appendix for these chapters.



Bring usual climbing equipment plus rope and draws (if you have these). A helmet is also required.


New River Gorge, WV
Trad/Mental Camp Dates:

May 15-16, 2021

July 10-11, 2021

September 11-12, 2021

Group Rate Pricing

(2-4ppl)$491/person plus tax


Fall/Commit Camp Dates:

June 12-13, 2021

August 7-8, 2021

October 2-3, 2021

Group Rate Pricing

(2-4ppl) $491/person plus tax


Don't see dates that work with your schedule? Ask us to set one up.


Private Training also Available:

Scheduled at your convenience at the New River Gorge, Red River Gorge or Red Rock. Please call or email for availability.


Training will be led by Warrior's Way Trainer, Jeffery Hearn.


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