Your Dream Job: How to Become Climbing Coach

Your Dream Job: How to Become Climbing Coach

I am lucky enough to have my dream job as a climbing coach. There are many reasons I love this job, first off I am out doing the thing I love as often as possible, secondly, I love to teach and develop people at any level of climbing and thirdly I get to meet real people and in doing so learn and develop as much about myself as a climbing coach as I help them. How…

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How to Climb a Big Wall 

How to Climb a Big Wall 

Inside most climbers is the ability to think big, dream bigger and aim even higher. Big Walls as big as it gets and are at the deep-end of the climbing pool; they are the class A drug for rock climbers, as once committed there is no turning back. Simply turning up at the based of one of these mega routes and trying to climb up in a traditional fashion just isn’t feasible for the majority…

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An Exploration of Risk 

An Exploration of Risk 

The following is a chapter excerpt from Hanging By A Thread: The History, Science, Technology and Culture of Rock Climbing and Mountaineering. It is a self published book that explores rock climbing through a socio-technological perspective. It is available as an ebook(kindle), book and an iBook. Previous chapters detail how science and technology have affected our lives in general as well as the sport of climbing in particular. Arguably the single force that drove all scientific development…

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Mental Toughness for Rock Climbers

Mental Toughness for Rock Climbers

Alone on this wall of horrors, the crisp red rock broken sporadically with lighter and literally softer tones, the negative thoughts returned and overwhelm me. The climbing between these two polar mediums requires a calmness not only to succeed by to survive. First come the questions ‘Can I pull through this?’, ‘Am I strong enough?’, ‘Will I survive a fall?’. These questions are innocuous enough when climbing but when your survival hinges on you answering…

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Head Coach: Self-Efficacy and Self Belief in Rock Climbing

Head Coach: Self-Efficacy and Self Belief in Rock Climbing

Climbing is primarily a head game; that moment of thrilling panic, as your breathe deepens and you face the only option, commit or fall. Crossing that line in the sand and facing life at its most primal, fight or flight! In that moment it’s not your strength or fitness that will get you through that dark alley, but your mind. Today, at the crag, you believe. You believe that you can do this, you’ve been…

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