What we learnt in a day…
Article written by Tom Vaessen, RCC Manager and Coach. Photos by Tom Vaessen and Will Hatt.
A very happy, tiered team…
Friday evening our coaching account received an exciting email confirming guest appearances from world class climbers James Pearson and Caroline Ciavaldini. The plan, to work with the coaching team and give our academy members a coaching session they’ll never forget! Emails were sent, academy members replied and the date was set!
At 11am Sunday morning Head Coach Will Hatt and myself were joined by the academy members, all eager eyed and ready to meet their guest coaches where we started things off with a meet and greet.
James started by explaining how his climbing career began. Living in the peaks as a young boy, walking past the crags on a daily basis, James always had an interest in climbing. It wasn’t until he was 16 that his climbing life began and he turned his hand to trad and bouldering. Now these once viewed classic lines would become his training ground. Over the years James continued to develop his outdoor climbing using venues such as our very own Manchester Climbing Centre. Today he is now classed as one of the UK’s best climbers with ticks including routes such as the infamous Rhapsody E11.
Caroline’s background was a little different. As a young girl growing up in France, she was given the opportunity to not only climb on a daily basis, but also encouraged to compete and train. With more of a training focus, she continued to develop these skills into her adult life were she has completed such feats as climbing 8c (Fish Eye in Catalonia) and even finding a bit of time for the odd trad route with James, E9!!!
Although they have different backgrounds, they both agreed that to succeed you have to train smart, you must listen to your body, set goals, the wilder the better, but more importantly enjoy your climbing, judge your climbing on your performance, not others, and don’t be afraid to be critical, even from the smallest mistakes. At the end of the day, that’s how we learn! With the all the above, the academy was in for a treat!