How I work with climbers, and testimonials from my clients

There are a lot of climbing coaches out there, and a lot of different ways they work with clients. If you’re thinking about getting a coach, bravo! It’s one of the best things you can do for your climbing. I’ve had climbing coaches, nutrition coaches, strength coaches, and other types of coaches, and every relationship has hugely accelerated my growth in that area.

That said, because there are so many different ways coaching works, I want to lay out how my system works so you can make an informed decision about whether I’m the coach for you.

I don’t do fancy marketing, self-promotion, or make grand claims about what harder grade you’ll climb. My goal as a coach is to help climbers find more satisfaction in their climbing. That can take a lot of shapes, but that’s my core value. So if you have a question, please just send me a message or an email – I’d love to answer it.

Assessments & training briefs

First, I try to look at you as a climber holistically. The most important part of progress is understanding what the “blockers” or weak points are. We want to make sure we tackle any low-hanging fruit first.

This means filling out a thorough self-assessment of your climbing for me to review. This is the cheapest and most practical way to work with me at first, as the assessment itself comes with 2-3 page training brief that will give you things to work on. Most people find a lot of value in the assessment and brief. I do this assessment up front with all my 1-1 clients too. This is $55.

Thank you for all the information. This is so helpful, and beyond what I expected. After I have some time to digest it and put the drills into practice, I’ll be in touch for a consult, because this brought up several other questions that I’d like to talk about with you.

Claire, assessee

One-time training consults

I also provide one-time consults, which can be used for whatever questions you have about your training, climbing, projects, etc. These are discounted for folks who just took the assessment. This is a good way to check in on your road map, ask a coach questions without committing to changing course, or get to know me if you’re thinking about joining my training roster. This is $85, but discounted when purchased with an assessment.

One-on-one roster

Finally I work with clients one-on-one. This is a small group, because my availability is limited and I want to provide excellent service to everyone I work with. Some folks work with me for a few months leading up to a trip; some of my early clients have been working with me as long as I’ve been coaching! This is a $150/month service with a 3 month commitment.

Here are what some of my 1-1 clients say:

These quotes are from my late spring / early summer 2022 roster.

Have you had any breakthroughs or achievements since training with me that you’d like to share?

“Biggest achievements of the past year is overcoming few nasty small injuries that were with me for quite a long time. And thanks to Jesse I managed to do that without putting my climbing on a pause, but keeping progressing with it.” Alex

“Climbing IQ has increased by gaining a base level of movement analysis and visualization. Started training for the first time without any big injuries. Pyramid went from 8 V4s, 2 V5 to 13 V4s, 7 V5s and 4 V6s.” Brian

“Besides breaking into double digits, flashing my hardest grade so far and having the best outdoor season yet….. I’ve noticeably become a much better climber as a whole.” Joe

“My body tension on rock has improved noticeably, taking the long-view of my climbing has offloaded pressure to send and made climbing more fun” Connor

If you were explaining it to someone else, how would you describe training with me?

“Structured, competent, efficient” Sasha

“Very personal, thorough, agile and responsive.” Alex

“Very personal, your plan will be specific to you as a climber and your goals. There’s always reasoning behind the exercises and your climbing/training schedule is planned out with peak seasons/ vacations/ climbing trips / etc in mind to help maximize gains in those times.” Joe

What is the most useful or enjoyable part of the training process?

“Being able to trust what is prescribed to me so I stick with it rather than worrying if there’s something better” Joss


While I do have to make a living, I don’t want economic privilege to be the only thing keeping a climber from working with me. If you’re a motivated climber experiencing economic hardship, reach out and let’s talk.

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