8th Sep 2008


Hi Lucy, let me start by saying you are one of the climbers that most inspire me. I have not been climbing long.. less than a year, but I now want to get serious. At the moment I just use the wall as a place to climb when it is wet and have no structure to my training. I was wondering how to make the best use of the wall for training, and improvement, rather than going down and climbing random climbs. Any advice would be gratefully received.


When you first get into climbing, just ‘going’ climbing is not a bad thing. This can be good for your general endurance and experiencing different types of moves, as long as your tea breaks aren’t longer than the routes! But it sounds like you have been bitten by the bug and want to make improvements.

One of the key things to constructive training, is to identify your strengths and weaknesses and decide what you need to work on to improve. This is not the easiest thing to do in climbing, as there are a lot of variables that make up a good climber.

One way to do this, is to try and analyse why you have difficulties/fall off routes.