Master Class Information

eica-competition-wallAs a Climbing Instructor for more than 12 years, it has become apparent to me that there is a common concern for both novice and experienced climbers. Whether pushing a 5+ or 8a, or leading a 5a or 7c, every climber faces a challenge to keep pushing him/herself to improve.

For some, a “go for it” attitude is all that is required: these climbers believe that they can make the right move to complete the route and they are totally comfortable with their belayer. For these people, progression is usually fast and easy.

For most of us, however, it is not quite so simple. The more often I talk to climbers, the more I have discovered a common concern: they talk about a plateau stage in their climbing. Just after they jump up a grade, they discover that they wind up stuck on the new grade for a long period of time.
It has become clear to me that it is not simply a physical issue that leads to plateauing. Obviously, nobody can climb at grade 8a straight away. However, making the transition from 6a to 6b, or from top roping to leading easily or with difficulty may be a consequence of your state of mind. Let’s face it, if you can climb a 6b on a top rope, there should be no physical reason why you can’t easily lead a 5+. So why do so many people have a problem when it comes to leading for the first time?

I believe that it islead-climbing lack of mental preparation that causes so many people to freeze and panic when it comes to leading a climb of which they are physically capable. To combat this, I use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to overcome both the conscious and unconscious mental barriers that prevent easy progression to higher climbing grades.
NLP is an extremely powerful set of techniques that enable you to understand better what is going on in your mind, and to rid yourself of the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from achieving what you want, both in climbing and life in general. By using these techniques, I can help you to change the beliefs and thoughts that limit your progress, and allow you to advance, through “reprogramming” the unconscious to naturally think positively, rather than negatively.

nat fingers close upAs both an experienced Climbing Instructor and a Master NLP Practitioner, I am in the unique position of understanding both the physical art of climbing and the mental barriers that hold so many climbers back from achieving their full potential.
There are a number of fantastic “technique” videos on the market that focus on the physical positioning of the body, stretching, and diet. These videos are a must for any climber seriously seeking to improve. However, we each have a tremendous (but as yet untapped) resource to enable us to achieve even more, not just in climbing, but in our whole lives. Using and controlling our thoughts, both conscious and unconscious, with the use of NLP techniques will enable us to make profound changes in our lives.