Rock climbing and reading go together like bacon and eggs. and we’ve got the reading list for every kind of climber. Hone your mental focus between climbs and your mind will be as sharp as your core!
INDOOR FITNESS CLIMBER
You busy entrepreneur, social influencer, social butterfly: can’t stay off the grid long enough? Read these on your commute between home, work and Brooklyn Boulders.
Four Hour Work Week | Tim Ferriss
A twist in perspective of how to make a comfortable living in the digital age. Yes, have your cake and eat it, too– Ferris shows how he’s structured his life for focused productivity and mindful working hours.
Meditations | Marcus Aurelius
The emperor of Rome waxes wise as he contemplates life in all its possibilities: “Recognizing that suffering is at the core of life, he counsels stoic detachment in the face of inevitable pain, loss and death.”
DIRTBAG/OUTDOOR SPORTS CLIMBER
Go forth, free spirit. These books will be the only company you’ll need on top of a nice, sunny cliff.
My Struggle | Karl Ove Knausgaard
The beginning of a six book autobiographical novel, Knausgaard’s literary masterpiece is unabashed in confronting profundity– from death, love, art, and fear– to the overarching miracle of life’s experiences.
“A Long Walk’s End” | William Browning
James Hammes embezzles 8.7 million dollars from PepsiCo, and then goes on a long walk… down the Appalachian Trail. This article was featured by @Longreads.
A Collaboration with Nature | Andy Goldsworthy
What could be more effortlessly perfect but the art of nature? Find some inspirations to make your own collaborations, wherever in the wild you go.
Find your center and focus and expand the horizons of your consciousness.
The Art of Decluttering | Marie Kondo
Kondo is a clutter magician that will turn New York living-in-a-closet into better homes and gardens. Read and get neat. Rinse, repeat.
Breaking Open the Head | Daniel Pinchbeck
Pinchbeck explores the historic and cultural evolution of traditional shamanism to contemporary psychedelic culture.
THE COMPETITIVE CLIMBER
Get up top. Read these, fast.
The Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
A masterful, Pulitzer-prize winning tale of a boy, orphaned and thrown into the aristocracy of Manhattan– while he delves behind dusty shelves of antique stores, he falls in love and find himself in a “narrow, ever more dangerous circle”. OooOOooh.
Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
Let’s pretend Kublai Khan and Marco Polo grabbed some beers and had a conversation about the rise and fall of empires, travelling through time, space, and cities… catch a glimpse of how they ruled their realms.
THE RECREATIONAL CLIMBER
Live, love, and laugh, right? Well, laugh more.
Sick In The Head | Judd Apatow
30 years of conversations with comedians by director and screenwriter Judd Apatow. Laugh it up!
Want Not | Jonathan Miles
A page turning narrative of three worlds in disrepair arcing towards collision, Miles reveals the relationship between contemporary Americans and their garbage.