I’m an “all-around” climber, having climbed on four continents, established numerous first ascents, freed El Cap, summited Denali, red-pointed 5.14c and on-sighted 5.13b.  Recently I’ve focused on difficult sport routes, boulder problems and single-pitch trad lines.  I’m enthralled by the complexity of our pastime, and obsessed with unlocking new ways to overcome the physical and technical challenges it presents.  I love contemplating, developing & testing new methods of training for rock climbing, and I enjoy helping other climbers unlock their physical potential by providing comprehensive training advice. 

My wife Kate and I have two children, Logan, who will turn 3 in January 2014, and Amelie, born in the summer of 2013.  As a “weekend warrior” I face many of the same obstacles as most regular Joes, and I hope that my success can help fellow climbers aspire to new heights. 

I live in the beautiful mountain town of Evergreen, CO, and I frequent many of the Colorado Front Range crags.  My favorite crags to travel to are Rifle, Sinks Canyon, Wild Iris, Smith Rock, and the Red River Gorge, and I typically visit these crags several times each year.  I enjoy establishing new routes of all styles, and in the last year I’ve put a lot of energy into developing cutting edge sport routes at some of my favorite crags.

The purpose of this blog is to share some of the inspiration and knowledge that’s made me successful.  If there’s anything you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Happy climbing,

Mark Anderson

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Mark, can you tell me where you got the slopers next to your rock prodigy hangboard? Also, when can I get a rock prodigy hangboard?!!!!!!! -Shaun

  2. I was wondering what a good starting weight or % to take off for hangboard. I Haven’t done much disciplined hang board work and just got the RPTC, I can climb mid 11s and weight 190. Just need a ballpark so i can start experimenting and buy the right amount of weights.

    • Maarten, That’s a really tough question to answer, it depends on how strong your fingers are and what size holds you intend to train. That said, I would guess you will need to take off at least 30-40 pounds for some grips.

  3. Do you have any suggestions for arc training on a home wall? I have a good sized one – 12×12′ panel of 50 deg and an 8×10′ panel of 20 deg connected by a single plane. Thanks!

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