The Women’s Climbing Symposium connects, inspires and develops women’s climbing through collective climbing experiences, the latest research and the best coaching.
On November 3rd the second WCS returns to reshape your climbing world! The WCS will be hosting experts in all aspects of the field of climbing and the very best in the climbing coaching from the most experienced female climbing coaches in the country.
Lead and Boulder Champion Shauna Coxsey and Stephanie Meysner; Climbing Hangar Director, are hosting a day that has climbing at its heart and a brain in its head.
A leap forward in how to coach, the ‘Coaching Carousel’ returns, with rising mega star Shauna Coxsey at the helm once more. The carousel is about taking your climbing skills to the nth degree – how bad a foothold can you stand on? How far can you bounce for a hold? Leah Crane, Shauna Coxsey, Suzan Dudink, Diane Merrick, Audrey Seguy, Emma Twyford, Kitty Wallace and Lucinda Whittaker are the coaching team in charge of making us better.
Stephanie, a Sociologist, explains how we have to go further than coaching; we need to explore the entire female climbing experience. Firstly, Shauna Coxsey will present on her year of competing on the world stage, following this is a talk on successful climbing behaviours and how this relates to the everyday climber. Editor of Climber magazine, David Simmonite will give a never seen before review of women in the climbing media. Also, how does injury affect your climbing identity? Lucy Creamer explores her experience of being injured and the recovery journey to return to climbing. Turning to the meat and bones of the matter, British Team nutritionist Rebecca Dent will be lending inside knowledge on how to climb for longer and achieve your optimal ‘racing weight’. Last but not least, LJMU Biomechanics Dept. will be asking should men’s performance be the place we are aiming for or should we set our sights higher?
Last but not least- the representation of female climbers in the media tell stories of adventure, glory and magnificence, so what does climbing mean to you? We want to hear your stories and experiences of climbing and its unique place in your life. This is your opportunity to showcase your adventures, accomplishments, and achievements and share your version of common passion! What’s more, there’s the opportunity to WIN a bespoke ladies climbing shoe by artist Naomi Hart, an Osprey Mutant backpack and Five Ten Climbing Shoes! All you have to do is make a piece of visual art on the topic- ‘what does climbing mean to you?’ For more information click here.
Massive thanks to the BMC who have helped make the event possible and sponsors Five Ten, UKC, Climb magazine, Gear for Girls, Cotswold, Mule Bar and Crimp Oil who are also supporting Women in climbing.
Here is Jen Randall’s short video review of WCS 2011 – this should whet the appetite!