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The best climbers in the world share their struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. Hosted by Ryan Devlin.

The Struggle Climbing Show The Struggle Climbing Show

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The best climbers in the world share their struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. Hosted by Ryan Devlin.

    Allison Vest

    Allison Vest

    Elite climber Allison Vest shares her struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 

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    Allison Vest has been a force on plastic, rock, and social media. Allison was the Canadian National Boulder Champion in 2018 and 2020, and the National Lead Champion in 2019. Recently she has stepped back from the comp circuit to focus on bouldering outdoors, where she has topped out some serious rigs, including V13s Masterpiece and Blackout at Joe’s, the first female ascent of V13 The Terminator in Squamish, and the FFA of V14 Show Your Scars. She also occasionally wears a rope to claim some hard sport sends, including the FFA on the 14a test piece, Throwin' The Houlihan at Wild Iris. Beyond climbing you’ve no doubt been highly entertained by Allison’s IG feats of strength and parlor tricks which are mind blowing… along with her thoughtful posts on women in sports and body image, which have found a way to cut through internet noise and resonate with millions in the climbing community and beyond. Allison and I hit the ground running in this interview, which is packed with relatable struggles, actionable insights, and a good dose of not taking ourselves too seriously.

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    PhysiVantage is the official climbing-nutrition sponsor of The Struggle. Visit www.physivantage.com/discount/STRUGGLE15 to receive 15% off your full priced nutrition order. 

     

    Petzl is the official gear sponsor of The Struggle. Check out their amazing products, including the Hirundos harness, at your local gear shop and learn more at petzl.com.

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    The Struggle is carbon-neutral in partnership with The Honnold Foundation, whose mission is to promote solar energy for a more equitable world. 

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    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    CHAPTERS:

    Struggle: 0:06:46

    Training: 0:12:20

    Nutrition: 0:25:20

    Tactics: 0:35:35

    Mental Game: 0:44:49

    Purpose: 1:01:06

    Takeaways: 1:12:27

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow, and @allisonvest

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    This show is produced by Ryan Devlin and Mary Mathis, and is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective, a diverse group of the best, most impactful podcasts in the outdoor industry. 

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

     

     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Tommy Caldwell

    Tommy Caldwell

    Elite climber Tommy Caldwell shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 

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    Tommy Caldwell is quite possibly the greatest all around rock climber of this generation... and perhaps of all time. He has five first free ascents on El Cap alone, including the Dihedral Wall which went unrepeated for 12 years, and of course the Dawn Wall, widely considered the hardest big wall climb ever. Tommy was also the first person to free The Nose in under 12 hours and free two El Cap routes in a day. With partner Alex Honnold, Tommy freed the Yosemite Triple Crown, bagged the first ascent of the Fitz Traverse in Patagonia, and holds The Nose speed record at under two hours. But can he sport climb? Yep, he can. Tommy put up the FA on Flex Luthor, which he didn’t even bother giving a grade because he’s Tommy, it went unrepeated for 18 years… and now has been suggested at 15b which would make it the first 9b in the World. Beyond climbing, Tommy is a rad dad and a tireless activist for environmental causes. There's so much good stuff in this 60 minute chat you're going to want to listen to it 10 times. 

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    PhysiVantage is the official climbing-nutrition sponsor of The Struggle. Visit www.physivantage.com/discount/STRUGGLE15 to receive 15% off your full priced nutrition order. 

     

    Petzl is the official gear sponsor of The Struggle. Check out their amazing products, including the Sirocco helmet, at your local gear shop and learn more at petzl.com.

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    The Struggle is carbon-neutral in partnership with The Honnold Foundation, whose mission is to promote solar energy for a more equitable world. 

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    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    SHOW NOTES:

    Struggle: 0:07:48

    Training: 0:14:25

    Nutrition: 0:26:24

    Tactics: 0:32:52

    Mental Game: 0:42:18

    Purpose: 0:53:04

    Takeaways: 1:08:36

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow, and @tommycaldwell

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    Still reading? You deserve a free sticker: Please rate and review the show -- it really helps us to reach a wider audience! Snap a pic of your review, post to IG, and tag @thestruggleclimbingshow so that we can find you, and we'll send you a sticker just because you're rad.

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    This show is produced by Ryan Devlin and Mary Mathis, and is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective, a diverse group of the best, most impactful podcasts in the outdoor industry. 

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

     

     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Steven Dimmitt

    Steven Dimmitt

    Host of the hit climbing podcast The Nugget, Steven Dimmitt shares his struggles and breakthroughs in Training, Nutrition, Tactics, and Mental Game. 

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    Steven, as many of you are surely already aware, is the host of The Nugget Climbing Podcast. With more than 135 episodes and over 1 million downloads, The Nugget has become a really valuable resource for the climbing community. Beyond the mic, Steven is a very strong and stoked climber. He's a V-double-digit boulderer, projecting 14a on sport, and casually deadlifts 405 lbs. This chat is equal parts insightful, entertaining, and psyched! 

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    PhysiVantage is the official climbing-nutrition sponsor of The Struggle. Visit www.physivantage.com/discount/STRUGGLE15 to receive 15% off your full priced nutrition order. 

     

    Petzl is the official gear sponsor of The Struggle. Check out their amazing products, including the Sirocco helmet, at your local gear shop and learn more at petzl.com.

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    The Struggle is carbon-neutral in partnership with The Honnold Foundation, whose mission is to promote solar energy for a more equitable world. 

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    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    SHOW NOTES:

    Struggle: 0:08:28

    Training: 0:11:18

    Nutrition: 0:25:03

    Tactics: 0:36:26

    Mental Game: 0:47:07

    Purpose: 0:59:05

    Takeaways: 1:07:55

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow, @stevendimmitt and @thenuggetclimbing

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    This show is produced by Ryan Devlin and Mary Mathis, and is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective. 

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

     

     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    My Sends & Struggles: Summer

    My Sends & Struggles: Summer

    Ryan shares his sends and struggles from the summer (and spring). From working his toughest proj at the Red, to utilizing tips learned from the pros and coaches featured in Season 1, to summer training with an eye towards fall goals... this update covers a bunch of territory and also goes off the rails from time to time so hopefully you're cool with that. 

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    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow 

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    Free Sticker Alert! Please rate and review the show -- it really helps us to reach a wider audience! Snap a pic of your review and post to IG and tag @thestruggleclimbingshow so that we can find you, and we'll send you a sticker just because you're rad.

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    This show is hosted by Ryan Devlin. The Struggle is a proud member of the Plug Tone Audio Collective.

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

    • 23 min
    Expert Analysis: Mental Game with Hazel Findlay

    Expert Analysis: Mental Game with Hazel Findlay

    Hazel Findlay, pro climber and mindset coach, joins the show to look back at Season 1's interviews with 10 of the biggest names in climbing to see what themes and takeaways there are through the lens of Mental Game.

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    Hazel is a pro with an impressive list of hard trad climbs to her name including Magic Line, a 14c rated R route, and freeing El Cap via the Golden Gate route. Hazel is also an insanely accomplished sport climber, having recently sent 9a (14d). What further sets Hazel apart is her ability to manage fear, stay focused, and use mindset to her advantage. Hazel has been coaching for the past 6 years in the area of performance psychology, stress and fear management. She also recently launched an interactive online course on mindset training, called Strong Mind, where she helps climbers manage their fears and maximize performance through the use of psychological tools. Get ready to free your mind in this interview with Hazel!

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    Topics:

    Identifying the 'right' level of challenge is key
    Fear of failure
    Process mindset
    Fear of falling
    "Rational" vs "irrational" fears
    Gratitude as a superpower
    Centering the mind and body before chalking up
    What to do when fear arises mid-climb
    Nutella

    Check out Hazel's course, Strong Mind! 

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    This season is supported by PhysiVantage, the official climbing-nutrition sponsor of The Struggle. Visit www.physivantage.com/discount/STRUGGLE15 to receive 15% off your full priced nutrition order. 

     

    This episode is supported by Athletic Greens. Visit www.athleticgreens.com/struggle to receive a FREE 1-year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D and 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase.

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    The Struggle is carbon-neutral in partnership with The Honnold Foundation, whose mission is to promote solar energy for a more equitable world. 

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    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow and @hazel_findlay. 

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    Free Sticker Alert! Please rate and review the show -- it really helps us to reach a wider audience! Snap a pic of your review and post to IG and tag @thestruggleclimbingshow so that we can find you, and we'll send you a sticker just because you're rad.

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    This show is hosted by Ryan Devlin and produced by Mary Mathis and Ryan Devlin, with additional support from Emily Holland.

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

     

     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Expert Analysis: Tactics with Eric Hörst

    Expert Analysis: Tactics with Eric Hörst

    GOAT Coach, Eric Hörst, joins the show to look back at Season 1's interviews with 10 of the biggest names in climbing to see what themes and takeaways there are through the lens of Tactics.

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    Eric literally wrote the book on Training for Climbing, which has numerous foreign translations and sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. In addition to that, and 7 other books to his name, Eric is a member of the International Rock Climbing Researchers Association and is a published researcher. He’s been climbing for 45 years and coaching climbers for more than 30 of those. Eric’s love of climbing is perhaps only surpassed by his love of helping other climbers, of all abilities, to level up their training and performance, which he is doing with his business PhysiVantage. Eric is about to drop a masterclass on tactics, so chalk up!

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    Topics:

    Pursuit of mastery
    Efficiency on route
    Looking at climbing through a long lens
    Rethinking a crux sequence
    Sub-maximal training to improve top end
    The importance of the people you climb with

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    This season is supported by PhysiVantage, the official climbing-nutrition sponsor of The Struggle. Visit www.physivantage.com/discount/STRUGGLE15 to receive 15% off your full priced nutrition order. 

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    The Struggle is carbon-neutral in partnership with The Honnold Foundation, whose mission is to promote solar energy for a more equitable world. 

    -

    Want to be a podcast hero and score yourself some rad limited edition swag? Support the show and the climbers who make it by becoming a Patron at www.patreon.com/thestruggleclimbingshow

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    Follow along on Instagram @thestruggleclimbingshow and @eric_horst. 

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    Free Sticker Alert! Please rate and review the show -- it really helps us to reach a wider audience! Snap a pic of your review and post to IG and tag @thestruggleclimbingshow so that we can find you, and we'll send you a sticker just because you're rad.

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    This show is hosted by Ryan Devlin and produced by Mary Mathis and Ryan Devlin, with additional support from Emily Holland.

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    Let's climb hard and do good things in the world!

     

     

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

motrn mini ,

Great podcast!!

I just started listening to this podcast and am really excited to follow along. I love being able to hear how world class athletes train and how they work through their own struggles. Ryan asks so many great questions that many of us wish we could ask our favorite athlete! Thanks so much for opening these windows of insight and experience to the every day climber. I’m hooked.

Thursday2786 ,

An absolute must subscribe!

This podcast is really entertaining and provides an awesome insight into climbing from pros, I honestly never expected a podcast to help me improve my climbing but this one has !

cvavrina1 ,

#1 climbing podcast

This one beats all other climbing podcasts, hands down. The host is a very good interviewer and guides the conversations very well, keeping us all well informed and entertained throughout. It’s very interesting to get so many different climber’s perspectives on nutrition, training, and the passion for climbing. Keep up the excellent work!

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