07775 853 348
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Performance Climbing Course


2 days

Wye Valley (Gloucestershire), Avon Gorge (Bristol, Somerset), Devon, The Peak District, or North Wales

1 person - £440
2 people - £260 per person

To suit your availability

People On Mountain

Course details

Our 2-day performance climbing course is for the competent lead climber who would like to push their grades.   We will provide you with the tools and strategies to break into the advanced-level climbing.  Whether you want to break through into climbing your first HS, VS, HVS, or even the E grade (or Extreme Grade).


On the Performance Climbing Course, we will cover the following areas:

  • Selecting and placing your protection
  • Using good judgement
  • Psychological aspects of climbing, our personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Route selection
  • Understanding the grades, and making the transition
  • Movement over the rock


Most of us when we go climbing outside, we climb within a certain comfort zone.  Meaning that we will not climb to our physical limit, as we do not want to fall off. This is usually to do with the lack of trust in the equipment.  Maybe we do not trust our judgement in placing good gear.


Or it could be the psychological part, where we feel uncomfortable to fall off. On our performance climbing course we talk about the psychological aspects of climbing.  We will also look at good gear placements and find ways to learn to trust ourselves, and the system.  We will also look at a safe route choice, where we can practice all of the above


The performance climbing course is 2 days long, and is run in Gloucestershire (Wye Valley), Bristol, Somerset (Avon Gorge), Devon, The Peak District, Pembroke or North Wales. Our client-to-instructor ratio does not exceed 2:1, so that we can give you our fullest attention.


All of our courses are tailored to suit your availability and experience, taking into account any individual needs and fitness levels.


Course Location

Gloucestershire (Wye Valley), Somerset (Avon Gorge), Devon, The Peak District, Pembroke or North Wales.



We will discuss any specific kit requirements with you when you make a booking.


Minimum Requirements

You need to be lead climbing comfortably, the grade you climb is irrelevant. If in doubt about whether the course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Other courses that may be of interest

We run several other courses that may be of interest to you.  If you feel the fear of falling is holding you back, we run a psychology workshop.  If you feel the trust in your gear placement is holding you back, we also run a trad falling workshop.


Each day of our performance climbing course we would introduce the topic of appropriate route choice.  We also talk about some of psychological aspects of climbing, and coping strategies.


Day 1

We will look at good gear placements, and progressively test these (safely).  So we learn to become comfortable in our own judgements and ability to place good gear.  We will also look at movement, and try and help you become a more energy efficient climber.


Day 2

As well as the topics from day one, we will look at route selection.  How we know whether a route is safe (i.e. lots of protection), and would feel comfortable to push our physical ability on them.  If all goes well, if you choose to, we can try and climb a route that will put you on the sharp end.  And we can put all we learnt into practice.


Please do not be worried. We will never ask you to do something you are uncomfortable with.


The course content and location tend to be dictated to us by the weather, so the performance climbing course layout can change.


If you are unsure whether the performance climbing course is suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us on info@riseandsummit.co.ukor call us on 07775 853 348, and we would be happy to help.

If you feel you need help with your head game in climbing 

If you feel your head game is preventing you from progressing in climbing, whether it is the fear of falling, the fear of failure or a negative mindset, we have a book available which can help you.

Climbing Psychology Book

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