In 1995, after a thorough search of the literature and practice of mental training and the great warrior traditions, Ilgner formalized his methods, founded the Desiderata Institute, and began teaching his program full time.
Since then, he
has helped hundreds of students sharpen their awareness, focus attention, and understand their athletic (and life) challenges within a coherent, learning-based philosophy of intelligent risk-taking.
considers the joy and satisfaction in the effort, the journey, intimately linked to successful attainment of goals, the destination.
Alumni of his
courses now include some of the nations most prominent climbers.
has run clinics in the north- and southeastern U.S, to California, Canada, Australia and the U.K.
has worked with young competition climbers and written national magazine articles based on his
He holds a BA in geology, spent several years operating his own geological consulting firm in the Wyoming oil fields, acted as Chief Financial Officer for an industrial tool distribution company, attended the Army Ranger School, and served a non-combat tour of duty in Korea.
currently resides with his
family near Nashville, Tennessee.