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Rise & Summit Testimonials

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you again and let you know how much your psychology course has improved my climbing. I've recommended quite a few people your way.

Not sure if you remember, but before the course I was stuck on 6b/6b+ routes. I red pointed my first 7a week before last, and I got myself up a 7b+ last week. I'm also practising regular fall drills and am now completely fine with going for moves I probably can't stick above clips.

Owen Childs
Climbing Psychology Workshop

On arrival, there was a welcoming, convivial atmosphere. Following introductions, and discussing some points raised in a previously completed questionnaire - Which in itself was very helpful to actually really *talk* about it (and get other attendees viewpoints). We covered the reactions and psychology of what happens in the situations.
We headed to the wall, and setup some ropes, and started the exercises. Starting off with small drops and gradually building up to bigger (and always controlled) drops. There was no pressure, Kevin let us go at our own pace, always encouraging, never forcing, and tweaking suggestions to suit each climber. He was very diligent in watching the group and pointing out some actions I didn't realise I was doing subconsciously. Toward the end of the session, we did some falling games, and had another useful Q&A session

In all, a great way to spend an afternoon, looking forward to putting it into practice, and making it part of the routine at my local walls. Highly recommended course to do at any point in your climbing career.

Richard Taylor
Climbing Psychology Workshop

Great session at the Warehouse with Kevin. The psychology of falling!
Certainly helped to overcome some of the instinctive fears I have. Need to carry on with the practice and use it to get up some routes this summer.

Allan Watson
Climbing Psychology Workshop

Kev has really helped me start to overcome my fear of falling! Loved the workshop today and would completely recommend to all nervous climbers like me!!!!

Julia Frearson
Climbing Psychology Workshop

Just got back from a week of winter skills and ice climbing with Kevin - awesome! Seriously good teacher and all around friendly guy who gave a really personalised experience. You can tell Kevin has a big passion for the outdoors and is great at what he does.

Thanks again and hopefully see you soon!

Harry Traynor
Winter Skills and Climbing (private Guiding)

Had a week with Kevin in Scotland. The best week I've had in a very long time! A consummate professional and a seriously good teacher, not to mention an even better bloke. Always felt safe, had such a laugh and learnt so much during my time with Kevin. Thoroughly recommended. I will be returning to him again without a doubt.

Callum Naismith
Winter Skills and Climbing (private Guiding)

"The psychology of Climbing session was amazing. I went from crying on top rope at the beginning of the session to touching the next clip and falling off. Thank you Kevin!"

Laura Burnett
Climbing Psychology Workshop

"Kev taught us with patience, knowledge and humour which made the whole experience really enjoyable and fun. Despite the complexity of the techniques Kev demonstrated them in such a way that made them easier to understand and remember, as a result I am confident that I could recall them when needed. Excellent teacher and an extremely nice bloke."

Colin Baker
Rope Rescue Techniques

"Did a days trad at the Avon gorge with Kev recently and left feeling confident in going out and doing it without an instructor. Great style of teaching that allows you to assess your own and others work before Kev tells you what he thinks. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn trad or brush up on technique, gear placement etc."

Ben Taylor
Introduction to Trad Climbing

"Had a really good trad climbing introduction day run by Kevin. He has a really good teaching style and after just one day i feel comfortable leading easy trad routes and setting up anchors. He made me feel comfortable and relaxed while still pushing me through my comfort zones. I would definitely recommend Kevin's courses for anyone looking to get into trad climbing or learning new skills."

Saul Gold
Introduction to Trad Climbing

“Wasn’t sure what to expect, as my boyfriend booked the experience for my birthday. As soon as we arrived, Kevin gave me the confidence, and reassured me. It was an unforgettable experience. And felt looked after throughout the two days. Thank you again Kevin.”

Katherine & Frank
Cliff Camping

“Awesome experience, hanging out on a cliff tent above the sea in Pembroke. Definitely one memorable experience.”

Izzy & Tom
Cliff Camping

“I really enjoyed my course with Kevin. He was very patient and worked with me to build my confidence in gear placement and leading. I would certainly recommend his courses. Thank you so much for 2 extremely informative, fun days. Kevin was very supportive, patient and knowledgeable. I feel much more confident with leading, gear placement and anchor building. I can't wait to get back out on the rock! ”

Freya Ceen
Introduction to Lead climbing and Multipitch climbing

“Kevin is a knowledgeable and patient coach who inspires confidence. He took an outdoor novice like me and explained challenging concepts and techniques clearly so that I knew when I had placed gear safely - no mean feat! We went to Symonds Yat, which is an exceptionally breathtaking place to learn trad skills. I enjoyed every minute and would heartily recommend Kevin as a coach.”

Jemma Forino
Introduction to lead climbing

“We had a great time, was scared at first, and wasn’t sure what to expect. Kevin was very reassuring and made the experience go flawlessly, and felt safe throughout the stay on the portaledge.”

Sam & Andy
Cliff Camping