Sardinia Coaching Week
Sardinia Coaching Week
dates October 2013 School hols week...TBC!
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Come join us for what will be an amazing week here in Sardinia. We ran this course a year and a half ago, and it was so much fun, we just had to go back! We are planning on having this year's trip be coached by the amazing and inspiring Isa Santoire, who is a top Chamonix mountain guide, but also a massively talented climber and coach. She'll work with you over the week, and help you keep motivated, focused, and laughing, as you scale some of the most fun rock in the world.
sardinia is famous for it's wide range of climbing areas and styles, quality well-bolted rock, and routes from grade 4 to 9b. It's also a holiday destination in it's own right, as the beaches, landscape, food and culture draw even non-climbers from all over the world.
The week will be dedicated to improving your climbing techniques, including your leading and mental tactics, all whilst getting a great tan and eating terrific Italian food. We speak a lot with each climber in the group before the trip, so that we can tailor daily technique workshops specifically to your needs and goals. Each morning, the (optional) workshop will be different - often, we cover specifics such as: steep technique, footwork and confidence on slabs, pushing your leading while managing your adrenaline, red point tactics so you can climb harder toutes than you imagined, ropework and multi-pitch technique, and body positioning and efficiency. But, if the rock is calling out to you, you're welcome to skip the workshops and just get climbing right away, too!
It's worth noting that at the beginning we do have a mandatory belay workshop, though...This is so we can check that your belaying is super-sound, and make sure everyone has a chance to learn more about dynamic belaying and general good belaying practise.
But it's not all work. After a great breakfast, we head out to climb/ have workshops in the morning, and usually it starts to get too hot to climb by noon. So, we head to the beach or pool, have lunch and a siesta. Once it cools down enough, usually around three, we head out again to the crags to climb until it's dark, or you are tired and ready for aperos and dinner. We also have a rest day on the Wednesday, as it not only gives you a great chance to check out the history and beautiful land around you, but gives your tired muscles and sore hands a bit of a rest before the final days of coaching. (Last year some of the group decided to hire a boat to see the famous sea-caves nearby, while some of us went for the less-cultured option of shopping and sun tanning.)
While we have an full climbing schedule, if you want a day off to rest or relax by the sea, it's your call, and we won't mind one bit. We want the trip to really help you improve in your climbing and climbing confidence, but we also want you to feel you have had an amazing holiday, too.
We stay in simple, but nice, shared apartments in Cala Gonone which is near hundreds of great climbing areas and really convenient for shops/bars/restaurants/internet etc during your non-climbing time. Meals are generally taken together, but if you fancy doing your own thing, that's completely fine with us, too. (FYI, the meals and accommodation are not part of the coaching/ guiding cost, but the apartments usually work out to about 100 GBP /120 euros per week, and we usually have a kitty / shared float for food if we decide to cook together or have a bbq one evening.)
So, if an intensive, but also intensively fun, week in the Italian Med improving your climbing sounds like a good break to look forward to during bleak mid-winter, get in touch. Spaces fill up extremely quickly on this course, so it's first come, first served!
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