Upskill Services for 2011

read our stuff We just got back from our world climbing trip. Bare with us while we sort out our offerings for 2011.
  1. Personal Training
  2. Outdoor Coaching
  3. Guiding
  4. Upskill Climbing Camps!
  5. Upskill Weakness Assessment
  6. Upskill Improvement Pack

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Upskill Training Articles

• Paul Robinson hangboard workout, Nov 2010
• Protein after climbing for muscular recovery, Sep 2009
• The four things you need to train and aren't, Sep 2009
• Let Ondra get you psyched to train, Jun 2009
• CoachWise series by Dave MacLeod, Jun 2009
• Beastmaker doth come!, May 2009
• The super simple Steph Davis hangboard workout, Apr 2009
• The Coffin, Feb 2009
• Climbing periodization and planning, Jan 2009
• How to build a campus board, Oct 2008
• Resting is hard, Sep 2008
• What do I need to train? And how?!, Jul 2008
• Using circuits to train power endurance [video], Jul 2008
• Let your climbing out of its box, Jul 2008
• Training for a climbing trip, Jul 2008
• Upskill Climbing Coaching Videos (sample exercises), Apr 2008
• Fear of falling, Mar 2008
excel file Redpoint Pyramid Template (MS Excel), Sept 2007
• Using a Home Climbing Wall to Train Power, Jul 2007
• Building a Rockclimbing Training Plan, Aug 2006
• Using a Climbing Training Diary, May 2006
• Maximising Your Climbing Gym Workout, Aug 2004

Training links - Upskill approved!

• 28 Days of Training with Andy Raether
• The Making of a 'Rockprodigy'
• Online Climbing Coach - Dave MacLeod

Training books - Upskill approved!

• Performance Rock Climbing, Goddard & Neumann, 1993
• The Self Coached Climber, Hague & Hunter, 2006
• 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes, MacLeod, 2009

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Upskill Training Philosophy

These are key 'trade secrets' I have learnt the hard way. They form the framework of the entire Upskill program.

Focus on your weaknesses
It is your weaknesses which ultimately limit you as a climber. For example, you may be the strongest climber in the gym, but if your head isn't in the game when you're on lead outdoors, you're not going to achieve your potential. In this case, getting even stronger in the gym (which feels good) isn't going to help your climbing overall. Because we are egocentric creatures and like doing what we're good at, working weaknesses is often hard work.

Be process focussed
Learn to enjoy the process of climbing, training and learning, rather than the outcome of any given attempt on a route. If you get bummed out by failing to tick a route, this is counterproductive to the overall process of becoming a better climber. Falls are not failures - they are opportunities to learn and improve. Enjoy and try to perfect each move.

Gradually increase your training load
The body is an adaptive organism. If you keep doing the same thing each week, your body will adapt to the training stress and you will plateau. In order to keep improving at climbing, there are three variables that need to be addressed:

  1. Intensity - the difficulty of the moves you're doing
  2. Volume - the number of moves executed in a session
  3. Rest - the length of rest between routes or problems

The values of these variables combine to give you the training load of any given session.

All successful professional athletes realise that taking one or more substantial rest periods a year is a vital component of a sustainable training schedule. If you don't rest, your body will make you rest through injury or the symptoms of overtraining.

Personal Training Program

Stay tuned for 2011.

Upskill Weakness Assessment

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Upskill Improvement Pack

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Full Day Outdoor Coaching

• Have a big day of fun climbing in SE QLD
• Analyse your on-rock performance
• Try for a personal best
• Add routes to your pyramid, or project goal routes
• Learn skills and tactics from Upskill Coach Lee Cujes

What's the difference between this and guiding?
This is personal coaching on your goal routes
• Focus on redpoint tactics, lead competency, using ones energy to best effect for maximum results

Who can do this?
Anyone with a basic level of lead climbing can participate in this aspect of Upskill coaching.

Where would we go?
The location is negotiable. We'll go wherever is necessary to get you on the routes you need to be on. Mt Tibrogargan offers some ideal venues for sport climbing such as Slider Wall, Celestial Wall, Halfway House and the Summit Cave.

Numbers and costs

$300 for a 1-1 day or $175 pp. for a 2-1 day.

As negotiated, contact us to discuss.

"Thankyou for the BDO. It has changed my perspective on what can be achieved."

Glasshouse Mountains Guiding Service

Why use a guide?
The Glasshouse Mountains are a difficult place for a new or visiting climber to navigate. If you have limited time, or want to get up to speed quickly, you'll benefit hugely from doing a day with an experienced guide. Don't waste months of weekends bumbling around getting lost.

There are other guiding companies. Why choose Upskill?
Upskill guide Lee Cujes wrote the guidebook for Glasshouse Mountains climbing and knows the area better than anyone
• There are several other guides who can take you on the easy routes. Lee is the only person who can capably guide you on every route
• Many other guiding companies are catering to backpacker tourists with no experience. We cater to actual climbers who want to have a huge day of real climbing

• Have a big day of fun climbing in the Glasshouse Mountains
• Get guided up the best routes the Glasshouse has to offer based on your climbing level

Who can do this?
Any climbers with at least some experience on rock. Contact us if you're unsure.

How hard are the climbs?
It's up to you. Grades can be as low as 10 (5.4 or Fr 2-3) and as high as 30 (5.13c or Fr 8a+). We can do long multipitches (either sport or trad) with fantastic summits, or multiple high-quality single pitch sport climbs. Discuss your requirements with us.

Where would we go?
We'll go wherever is necessary to get you on the routes you would like to do or the areas you would like to explore. In particular, Mt Tibrogargan offers some ideal venues for single and multi-pitch sport climbing such as Slider Wall, Celestial Wall, Halfway House and the Summit Cave.

Numbers and costs

$300 for a 1-1 day or $175 pp. for a 2-1 day.

As negotiated, contact us to discuss. Weekdays are preferred.

"Thanks again for all your time, energy and patience. We both learned a lot yesterday. And thanks again for all the great pics..."

"Was an unforgettable couple of days climbing. Thanks again. Looking forward to round two..."