We provide a series of technical top tips in our newsletters. These are based on the enquiries we receive via our website and on questions our Technical Officer, Iain McKenzie, gets asked at the sessions he runs.

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Running a great session Here are some top tips for running a great climbing session:

  • Plan and prepare for the session in advance
  • Make sure you are familiar with the activity and can explain it easily
  • Give thought to the sequence and relevance of games/activities; try to ensure variety; follow an inactive session (route reading/knot tying/etc) with something active (climbing/bouldering/working cruxes/etc)
  • Choose activities suitable to the size of the group, the space available and areas of the wall used
  • Be prepared to adapt activities to make them relevant to suit different ages, mentalities and abilities
  • Be prepared to act as a role model and take part
  • Give plenty of praise and encouragement
  • Be enthusiastic and have a sense of humour!
Competition preparation As the BMC's Youth Climbing Series approaches: Tips on getting prepared for a competition (for climbers, parents and coaches!)

  • Pack and prepare the climbing bag the night before.
  • Always be on time for training and sessions and the competition, allow time for roadworks and weather.
  • Give or encourage 100% at training and competition.
  • Teach them how to tie their shoe laces and put their own climbing shoes on.
  • Stay properly hydrated and fuelled throughout the day.
  • Warm up before every route, not just the once at the start of the day.
  • Let them dream that they can be Shauna Coxsey or Adam Ondra, but don’t give them any expectations.
  • Make sure competitors know the order of the routes and boulder problems.
  • Get them to other walls to experiment with different setting, angles and hold types, let them see what it’s all about.
  • Watch suitable climbing training and competition videos on YouTube.
  • Research the walls they will be competing at.
  • Win or lose, flash or fail, love the sport.
  • Parents, tell them you love watching them climb.
  • Have fun and take every experience as an opportunity to learn and get better.

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