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Katherine is a highly experienced coach, as well as a successful climber in many facets of the sport.  Having climbed for 20 years and coached for almost a decade all over the world (Denmark,  Norway, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and France), Katherine has made a difference to hundreds of climbers of all abilities, ages and levels of experience.  Her knowledge and enthusiasm are a perfect combination to meet the needs of any climber.

Having climbed to a high level for many years, and competed for Great Britain on numerous occasions, Katherine understands, from personal experience, what it takes to push yourself to the limit. With a young daughter, Katherine has had to perfect her all-important skills of time management, as well as using resources wisely in order to maximise performance – something frustratingly relevant to many climbers, whatever the reasons for their time constraints.

She also holds the widely respected Mountain Instructor Award, meaning she is qualified and fully insured to coach and guide on any rock throughout the UK; single and multi pitch.

Her wealth of experience has allowed her to successfully coach other instructors and coaches, to improve their performance, in the BMC FUNdamentals courses.  She is also playing a key role in developing modules for the forthcoming climbing coaching qualifications.


  • Sport climbed 8a, trad E7 and bouldered font 7c+
  • Former-member of British Competition Bouldering Team
  • Former British Junior Competition Team coach
  • Holds Development Coach, Single Pitch, Mountain Leader and Mountain Instructor Awards
  • Published articles in Summit, Climb, Replay magazines and for planetFear.com

Here are some of the people I work with:

Andy Swann

Andy is a Yorkshire climber through and through.  Based in York he spends much of his time climing on the the grit, particularly Almscliffe.  Despite this he still claims his favourite crag to be Stanage.  Nevertheless since his early years climbing in the 1980s he has travelled and climbed all over the UK and further afield and was a member of the British Climbing Team.  His claim to fame is his many bouldering first ascents on Yorkshire grit.

Andy holds the MIA qualification and was a PE teacher for years.  These days he splits his time between coaching climbing and mountain biking.  He offers years of wisdom and his calm approach will make anyone feel at ease.

  Andy Swann

Steve McClure

Most people who climb in Britain will have heard of Steve.  Whilst he's most famous for his sport climbing feats, he's scaled plenty of rock faces in Greenland, USA and across the UK on many of our trad crags, not to mention the rest of Europe.  He's a real all-rounder.

Whilst he's got 9a+ and E11 under his belt you may wonder if he's 'just too good' to help the rest of us mortals with our climbing.  But I can assure you he's down to earth and his coaching skills lie in his ability to relate to people, whatever their stage in climbing and immediately spot areas to improve.  We've worked together for a number of years now running holidays to Kalymnos and now Turkey. If you would like to find out more about Steve you can visit his website>>.  You can also see an interview with him on this site here>>

  Steve Portrait

Corinne Théroux

Corinne lives in Normandy, France and despite being far from many of the main climbing areas (although there is climbing close to home) she describes climbing as ‘a way of life’.  She is best known for her competition successes on plastic in the bouldering event.

In 2002 she won the prestigious Arco Rockmaster and was placed 3rd in the world and for 10 years was consistently in the world top 10.  Outdoors she’s redpointed 8b and climbed font 7c+ boulder problems and travelled all over the world.

On top of that she holds the French state coaching qualification (Moniteur d'escalade) and is a qualified international competition route setter   She’s now a mum of two and coaches the French Junior competition team as well as other programmes for young people.  You can read more about her on her website>> (if you can read French!!).