What an excellent few days with Kevin, in the stunning Wye Valley. I started mountaineering just as we went into Lockdown and am now 35 days in, having climbed in Scotland, Wales, the Swiss Alps and Africa. I seek out professionally accredited guides/instructors, folks that will keep me safe but also push me, enabling maximum progress. Kevin is the latest of ten such individuals that I have had the pleasure to learn from. A current objective is to move up from ‘trad competent second’ level to one where I am leading. Although I had only the three days to spare, Kevin delivered excellent instruction and support, climbing in Symonds Yat, Wintour’s Leap and at Red Point climbing centre, Worcester. Kevin pays meticulous attention to detail, he took time to understand my general objectives and very quickly made an assessment of my ability. I left my ‘comfort zone’ almost immediately, small steps, all building confidence. Unique amongst the instructors that I have met so far, Kevin has a fascinating interest in climbing psychology (and has published a book on the subject). He explained how my own body was reacting as we climbed and offered very helpful tips, particularly around ‘negative self-talk’, ‘stress’ and ‘breathing’. Technically, there is also a lot to take in, moving into the ‘lead’ role but I now have the confidence to keep up that momentum. ‘Always a little further….’, many thanks Kevin.
Private Trad Climbing course