Our newest coaching holiday based at Alauzon, just outside Buis les Baronnies, France. A more technical climbing experience than Kalymnos. This trip includes all meals and local transportation - just get your train/plane ticket and leave the rest to us.
The original coaching holiday set on the fabulous Greek island of Kalymnos.Open to all abilitiy levels and including a series of evening presentations, this is a trip that ever climber should do ... at least once.
Hi, my name is Adrian Berry and I coach rock climbing. I've been coaching rock climbing since the concept emerged in the UK around 2000, and I've had the great pleasure to help many hundred of climbers in their journey towards a greater understanding of our incredible sport.
I've been rock climbing since the late 1980s, I've always loved the variety that climbing offers. Over the years I have experienced establishing new 'Hard Grit' routes at E8 and E9, I have developed new sport climbing venues such as Shipwreck Cove in Rhosilli and a few of the best sectors on Kalymnos, I have spent many years competing internationally as a member of the British Competition Climbing Team, I have enjoyed bouldering up to V11/ Font 8A and ice climbing up to grade WI6.
I have written two Rockfax books on the subject of self-improvement: Sport Climbing+ with Steve McClure and Trad Climbing+ with John Arran. I also produced Winter Climbing+ for Neil Gresham and Ian Parnell.
What is Climbing Coaching?
Climbing coaching is the teaching of all the 'positive' aspects of climbing; the positive aspects are what get you to the top of the route or boulder problem that you've set your sights on. Climbing coaching includes the teaching of good technique, but it is far more than that: it incorporates the world of tactics: in other words, how to plan your climbing so that you make the very best of what you already have.
Climbing coaching covers the psychological aspects of climbing - self-belief is incredibly important, and a confident approach on a climb is a far greater asset than the latest in climbing gear! Lastly, climbing coaching gives us a fresh perspective on what our strengths and weaknesses are, and will allow individuals to follow structured training plans to work on physical and psychological improvement areas.
Above: coaching technique in Fontainebleau - above photos by Lisa Bennett
What climbing coaching isn't!
Climbing coaching does not focus on the safety aspects of climbing. These are the incredibly important 'negative' aspects of climbing - concerning how 'not' to hurt yourself or others in what is a potentially dangerous activity. Only climbers who are confident in taking responsibility for their own safety in their chosen area of climbing are ready to receive my coaching.
What is a climbing coaching holiday?
Climbing coaching holidays are opportunities to combine climbing coaching with an organised climbing holiday. They allow the opportunity to get coached when you're out on the rock in a fantastic place with a small group of motivated climbers. They work extremely well and are a lot of fun. I run coaching holidays with fellow coach Gareth Parry in Fontainebleau. Provence, and Kalymnos. When I started running them back in 2002 it was an entirely alien concept in climbing - now they are a rite of passage for many climbers.
I offer private coaching sessions in around around my local area of Buis-les-Baronnies in Provence, France. Sessions can be 1:1, but small groups are fine. I can offer climbing coaching days for families and climbing clubs. You can read more about my private climbing coaching here. My rates are flexible - the larger the group, the less I charge per person.
Where would I stay?
My wife Audrey Seguy and I run an accommodation business from our home in France - we can accommodate a wide range of group sizes from individuals to large groups. See www.alauzon.com for lots more information. I wrote the Rockfax guidebook to the Haute Provence region that we are in the middle of - so naturally know the area very well. Buis-les-Baronnies is just an hour and a half from Avignon which is served by a direct Eurostar service from London.