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climbing coach


During 20+ years of coaching I've helped thousands improve both in performance and enjoyment; from first trad leads to 8th grade redpoints and V11 boulder problems.

My personal love of climbing has seen me gain extensive experience over four decades, including first ascents of trad, sport and ice routes, solo winter expeditions, and developing new bouldering venues. If there’s a summit, climb or new grade that inspires you I’ll match your enthusiasm and use my proven coaching approach to make it happen.


I've published a bestselling book on climbing technique, and I deliver training for coaches internationally. I have also written coaching skills articles for UKClimbing, Training Beta and the Professional Mountaineer magazine. Listen to a podcast interview with me, about my own progression through the grades and my coaching philosophy.


climbing guide

Based in the Lake District, I hold both of the highest UK coaching and climbing awards - the Performance Coach and the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, plus I'm a qualified Personal Trainer. If you have a dream route, climb or scramble get in touch and I'll do everything I can to get you to the top.

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