Are you scared of: falling, being dropped, making mistakes, being watched, being out of control, letting go accidentally, or just scared of being scared? Tried falling practice but it hasn’t really worked? This course is for you. Choose from a one or two day option, and learn how to manage your fears and develop confidence.

Day 1 covers proactive and reactive strategies for managing anxiety, developing confidence, and how to work with and around a fear of falling/ leading.

Day 2 is based outdoors and covers contingency planning, tactics and how to improve your chances of success, whether redpointing, onsighting or seconding trad.

You must complete day 1 if you wish to complete day 2, or have previously attended a Smart Climbing course or private coaching.


Day 1 – Beacon Climbing Centre (run Dr Rebecca Williams, Consultant Psychologist).

10:00 – Welcome, introductions & self assessment.
10:15 – How anxiety affects you.
10:45 – Introducing a model of anxiety – understanding the theory.
11:15 – Reflective exercise – putting your own symptoms into the model.
11:30 – Coffee break.
12:00 – Managing the physical symptoms.
13:00 – Lunch.
13:30 – Managing the mental symptoms.
14:30 – Managing fear behaviours.
15:15 – Coffee break.
15:30 – Managing different types of fears – falling, being watched, being out of control, trust etc.
16:30 – Developing confidence.
17:00 – Close.

Day 2 – Outdoors venues near Llanberis (run jointly with Pete Ranstead, MIA).

10:00 – Introduction to the day: common feared scenarios trad climbing.
10:30 – Practical session, aiding part of a route, retrievable abseil, assisted hoist, falling onto gear.
13:00 – Lunch.
13:45 – Intro to tactics for success and confident ascents.
14:00 – Clip sticks, ghost ropes, pre-placed gear, top ropes and working a route.
14:30 – Mental confidence tactics.
15:00 – Guided practice – putting it all together and trying a sport, trad or ‘too hard’ top roped route.
16:30 – Summing up and practice take aways.
17:00 – Close.


Date: Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st March 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm.
Price: £100 per person for Day 1 or £180 for Day 1 and 2.

Please contact to book.