I am Pete Edwards and I run the rock climbing coaching business Prowess Climbing Coaching.
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Last Saturday #afterwork was not my best session – I guess the recent successes couldn't last forever! Either that or my standards have changed since I was last at #rhiwgoch, I'm not sure. The Deceiver 7a+ was too deceptive for me, Nazgul's Traverse 7c was never gonna go and buy the time I thought about trying Arya 7b+ I was spent. But the positives far made up for it. I repeated Gap of Rohan 6c, Ride the Wild Smurf 7a and this one, #WhiteRider 7a+. More to the point, I had a great evening with @justwaltr who also nailed the 6c and was so unbelievably close to the 7a it was scary. After getting sapped, I switched from #climbing to coaching and hopefully helped a little. What I will be doing is heading back there with Jam for his undoubted #sessionofglory. #worldclasswales #northwales #northwalesbouldering #bouldering #boulderingisbetter #bouldering_pictures_of_instagram #rockclimbing #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_pictures_of_instagram Photo credit by the keen eyed @justwaltr
PCC currently offers a bespoke service of courses to suit each individual student. The company is based in North Wales but travel is possible, subject to availability and travel expenses being covered. There are currently three available walls in the local area and outdoor sessions are possible, with discussion.
Some examples of potential courses that can be run are:
- Analysis Session. An observation session, to be honest, where the aim is to simply identify areas for attention and maybe set some goals to address them.
- Structured Session. A fully structured session, from warm up to evaluation, step by step to target something very specific. These can be written to fit the student and objective and generally should follow an analysis session.
- Snippet Session. This one is much more relaxed and the most common. Expect me to don rock boots, chalk up and come join you on the bouldering wall to watch and assess your climbing while probably showing you a thing or two along the way. It’s the most relaxed session and can have huge benefits and breakthroughs.
Cost of Sessions
One off sessions are currently offered at a flat rate of £20 per person per hour (not including wall registration and entry) or a whole day for £75 per person (6 hour maximum).
For multiple people or multiple sessions, there are three simple steps to follow:
- Choose how many people. A 1:1 ratio runs at £20 per person per hour (ppph) . Between 2 and 6 clients runs at £15 ppph and between 7 and 12 clients is £10 ppph.
- Choose how long. Each session can run as long as you like between a minimum of 1 hour to a maximum of 4 hours. This is multiplied by the hourly rate. For example, 4 people for a two hour session would cost £30 each client.
- Choose how often. Sessions are usually run at one per week and you can choose how many weeks those sessions run for.
PCC also offers the opportunity for public speaking on the subject of rock climbing coaching. Utilising the unique combination of experience, accredited qualifications and academic study, I am able to deliver sessions on structuring sessions, analysing climbing and identifying weaknesses, while offering suggestions as to the best way to improve.
For more information, including prices, please follow the Contact link above.
Some background on me
I hold the Foundation Coach Award and Climbing Wall Instructor Award (CWIA) as well as a current REC first aid certificate but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
At the back-end of 2015, I completed my first coaching training – attending the BMC FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshops 1 and 2 and completing my Foundation Coaching training. It was a natural progression from years of unofficial and informal coaching at climbing walls, offering advice and help to people working their projects, normally in the 6s and below.
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Last week, my #climbing career took a slight change in direction: after nearly a year of trying, I managed to get on the @teambmc fundamentals of climbing course, followed by the foundation coach #training. Full credit to Karl Midlane for capturing my absurd pose and to #plasybrenin for a great couple of days #northwales #bouldering #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #climbing_pictures_of_instagram
Since then I’ve been busy cutting my teeth as a rock climbing movement coach. I’ve taught every ability level from total beginners, working on good belaying, right the way up to advanced climbers operating in the V6+ range. I’ve had groups up to around ten climbers at a time with the Anglesey Adventure Club and coached individual clients over a long period of time. I’ve also worked both indoors and outdoors.
As a coach, I have developed much experience over the years. I have completed the FUNdamentals 1, 2 and 3, attended the BMC Physical Conditioning Workshop and am Foundation Coach and Development Coach trained, as well as SPA trained. I am hoping to complete these qualifications in the very near future. I’ve attended a BMC Coaching Symposium and the Adventure Sports Coaching Conference at Plas y Brenin in January 2018 and have had regular contact with some of the most respected coaches in the industry.
As a step above, I am also studying for a Professional Masters in Elite Performance, through the University of Central Lancashire. This is again based on rock climbing coaching and involves A LOT of reading on climbing performance, learning philosophy and how this is appropriately delivered. This gives me a very different mindset on the teaching of rock climbing coaching.
And it turns out I have a natural affinity for it. I have a long history of teaching through scouting and various teacher training while in my third year of University – so I find it quite natural to be able to convey a message or skill to someone.
What’s more is the way I learned to climb, again at University. It was in my second year when I started to develop into a half-decent boulderer and while others focused on getting stronger, I concentrated on improving my technique and becoming a more technical climber. I worked my footwork for session after session, did hands-free climbing over and over and analysed body movement and style to the subtlest degree.
Now, as a coach, those attributes have become invaluable. I can look at a body position and see what needs to be tweaked to increase efficiency and I’m working on an increasing series of lessons to help students become better climbers.
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Contemplating the moves on #cromlechroofcrack much as I'm contemplating the next time I'm likely to get out… #llanberispass #snowdonia #northwales #northwalesbouldering #bouldering #rockclimbing #climbing #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #instamood
I live in North Wales, in the climbers-town of Llanberis and have been climbing for over twenty years. While I’ve led trad climbs up to HVS and winter climbed up to grade 3, my focus for many years has been bouldering and I’ve managed 7c+ as well as multiple 7c boulder problems, both at home and abroad. Highlights include Carnage assis 7c in Fontainebleau, Intermezzo 7c at Magic Wood and Jerry’s Problem 7c+ at Sheep Pen, to name a handful. For more information on my personal bouldering achievements, please click here.
I am totally convinced I can help any climber that comes to me, at any level, age or circumstance. The attached articles are to both give an idea of my abilities and to offer a starting point for you to improve.
If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch through the Contact page above.
All articles are copyright © Pete Edwards 2018