8 episodes

Welcome to the Inside The Vertical Mind Podcast, hosted by Dr. Don McGrath, co-author of the best-selling climbing psychology book Vertical Mind.
Each episode focuses on a different psychological or social aspect of climbing.
You won’t hear about the latest hard sends by big-name climbers.
You will hear from people more like you, who have interesting stories and perspectives about climbing and what it means to be a climber.

Inside The Vertical Mind don mcgrath

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Welcome to the Inside The Vertical Mind Podcast, hosted by Dr. Don McGrath, co-author of the best-selling climbing psychology book Vertical Mind.
Each episode focuses on a different psychological or social aspect of climbing.
You won’t hear about the latest hard sends by big-name climbers.
You will hear from people more like you, who have interesting stories and perspectives about climbing and what it means to be a climber.

    • video
    Episode #8: Meet The Team at Inside The Vertical Mind

    Episode #8: Meet The Team at Inside The Vertical Mind

    In this episode, you'll meet the core team at Inside The Vertical Mind and hear the inside scoop and inside stories from the show and podcast.

    • 45 min
    • video
    Episode #7: Climbing as Therapy with Laurel Cepero (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

    Episode #7: Climbing as Therapy with Laurel Cepero (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)

    In this episode Dr. Don McGrath interviews Laurel Cepero (LPCC) of Westwind Counseling about her experience using climbing in her work as a counselor.
    In it, you'll find out:
    the history of climbing therapy
    what it is used for
    who it is suited for
    how it works
    why it works
    where to learn more
    Be sure to follow the podcast to make sure you don't miss any of the valuable content we put out!

    • 43 min
    • video
    Episode #6: Q&A With Vertical Mind Co-author Dr. Don McGrath

    Episode #6: Q&A With Vertical Mind Co-author Dr. Don McGrath

    This episode was recorded at an open Q&A session with Dr. Don McGrath on May 4rth, 2024 at the Edge Of The Wood Coop in Evergreen, Colorado.
     
    Don talks about:
    - Psychological scripts and how they work
    - How to change scripts
    - His top tips for becoming more mentally strong in climbing
     
    Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, so you don't miss a beat!
     

    • 37 min
    • video
    Episode #5: Q&A With Vertical Mind Co-author Dr. Don McGrath Part 1

    Episode #5: Q&A With Vertical Mind Co-author Dr. Don McGrath Part 1

    This episode was recorded at an open Q&A session with Dr. Don McGrath on May 4rth, 2024 at the Edge Of The Wood Coop in Evergreen, Colorado.
     
    Don talks about:
    - His experience with mental training for 
    - Coaching along-side Hazel Findlay
    - What he has learned since Vertical Mind first was published
     
    Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, so you don't miss a beat!

    • 40 min
    • video
    Episode #4; "Fun is Job One" and Other "Hudonisms"

    Episode #4; "Fun is Job One" and Other "Hudonisms"

    In this episode, Don McGrath talks with climbing legend Mark Hudon where they talk about:
    How to stay in the climbing game for 50+ years
    Hudonisms - catchy sayings to keep you stoked
    How to maintain stoke for the long run
    The psychological science behind finding more joy and fulfillment in climbing
    The meaning of climbing - hint...there is none!
    Tune in to learn a lot and have some fun!
    Follow the podcast to make sure you don't miss out on the information and fun.

    • 49 min
    • video
    Episode #3: Climbing and Pregnancy, Motherhood, Grief, and Finding New Purpose Through Climbing

    Episode #3: Climbing and Pregnancy, Motherhood, Grief, and Finding New Purpose Through Climbing

    In this episode Dr. Don McGrath talks with Selena Pang who shares here experiences with:
    Climbing and pregnancy
    Climbing and Motherhood
    Climbing and grief
    Finding new purpose  through becoming a guide
    Please follow us to make sure you see all the episodes!

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Gravity rebel ,

Love this podcast

I have read inside the vertical mind and as a climber it has really helped me get past some of my fears by first recognizing what I am feeling. And now Don has this amazing podcast that is relatable to everyone. Don is so personable. Take the time to read his book and listen to his podcast. You won’t be disappointed.

JanaJoe ,

What an amazing podcast

Don is one of a kind! So much of climbing is psychological. Overcoming fear is one of the most important things that we all must master. What a unique take on climbing, and it’s a breath of fresh air to not be all about climbing the hardest thing out there. Don’s got some great stories and he’s interviewing some exciting characters. I’d give it more stars than five if I could! Love this guy!

Your Success ,

Passion Feeds Purpose

Dr. Don McGrath has done it again. He’s taken his passion for climbing to another level. His heart for the sport is clear and he is acting on his purpose by helping others become better in their own adventures. Well done!

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