Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

I started working with John Kettle several years ago, and more recently I have benefitted from some coaching sessions with him. He has totally changed the way that I think about climbing movement. Decades of bad climbing habits have been corrected, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I now move better and climb smarter. John’s book is deceptively simple, and very easy to understand, and I am proof that following his advice can transform your climbing In this post we chat to John about the book, and find out the thinking behind it.

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A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

Kelvyn James is an International Mountain Leader, and he is the current Chair of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, the Mountain Training Association Lake District rep and the former Development Officer for the Association of British Climbing Walls. He lives in Cumbria, runs his own business, Mountain Services, and he is on our team of freelance instructors. He has featured in our My Story blog series.

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Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Even though people are capable of making decisions in a thorough and methodical way, it appears that most of the time they don't. A growing body of research suggests that people unconsciously use simple rules of thumb or heuristics to navigate the routine complexities of modem life.” In our homes and work places that may not be a problem, but when we take that mindset out into the mountains where the variables can change so quickly, we can find ourselves in serious trouble. 

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