A bit about how the Rhossili project ended, the biggest ever coaching trip, and a report on some re-equipping. More
News about the Kalymnos coaching holidays, a new route report, and update on the Rhossili Project and a new guidebook is published. More
Some thoughts on the new coaching awards scheme, and a photographic report on this month's Font Workshop. More
More on the Rhossili Bay project, a trip to Val di Mello, and the 2013 Kalymnos Workshop More
My name is Adrian Berry, and I am a climbing coach and Rockfax author. I have been coaching individuals for over ten years, and also provide training services to the military and national training bodies. I have been climbing for over twenty years, and have competed internationally as a member of the British Competition Climbing Team, I have climbed up to F8b+ on bolts, and E9 trad, with most of my hardest routes also being coveted first ascents. More
What is climbing coaching?
Climbing coaching is the teaching of all the 'positive' aspects of climbing; the postitive 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.
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 coaching.