At Women's Climbing Symposium we pride ourselves on searching the UK (and the world!) for the cream of women's coaching talent, recruiting experienced athletes and coaches as well as top professionals in disciplines relating to climbing.

For the 2018 event, we're sure you will see some new faces as well as WCS veterans! 

Adela Carter
I’m a strength and conditioning coach working with a range of people from everyday athletes to Olympic and Paralympic performers. I started the climbing strength and conditioning coaching sessions at Sheffield Hallam University and have seen them really take off with new coaches coming on board and building up their experience working with some of the best climbers in the country. Sporting success motivates me, but helping people upgrade themselves... that drives me.
Belinda Fuller
Be is the founding director of Be Climbing. She has been coaching for over 10 years and is now an established performance coach and nutritionist. She has a degree in Adventure Education, ranked as one of the top 10 women’s boulderers, and after university travelled the world climbing. Be understands what it takes, technically, physically and mentally to develop an individual’s climbing and have fun doing it! She now enjoys coaching all abilities, from beginners to international competitors.
Cath Wilson
Cath is a highly experienced and dedicated educationalist. Her decades of instructing in the mountains is underpinned by a formal teaching background, she seamlessly melds these with her infectious enthusiasm for the outdoors. Cath is first and foremost a people person and focuses very much on the individual. Her huge empathy, dedication and complete support will allow you to face challenges and achieve things you never thought possible.
Claire Youdale
Claire has climbed for 15 years and has bouldered all over the world, most recently in her new favourite place, Rocklands. She has been a coach at The Climbing Works in Sheffield for 7 years working with people of all ages and abilities achieve their goals. Claire is currently working towards her Development Coach and, supported by Beta Climbing Designs, runs frequent InsideOut courses helping climbers make the transition to real rock. In 2017 these were part of the ‘This Girl Can'.
Emily Nicholl
Emily Nicholl is one of Scotland’s leading circus and physical theatre artists. A hand to hand flyer, she works dynamically with partner acrobatic dance, handtohand techniques and doubles aerial. Emily currently performs with award-winning contemporary circus theatre company Ockham's Razor and is found climbing or giving movement, flexibility or Acrobalance/AcroYoga classes when not touring.
Esther Foster
Esther has been climbing for 15 yrs, starting out as an indoor climber in Liverpool. She now holds the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) and works throughout northern England and Scotland guiding, instructing and coaching. Esther has trad climbed E5, sport climbed 8a and bouldered 7c. She loves coaching and teaching others, and seeing women of all abilities at the WCS realise their potential, have fun and develop their climbing. Find Esther’s website at:
Eva Lopez
Eva is a passionate sport climber from Spain who has climbed up to 8c+. She currently works as a climbing coach and gives lectures and workshops. She has a Ph.D., with her doctoral thesis on Finger Strength Training. An avid researcher, she also writes about training in climbing for various magazines and websites, such as and her own blog:
Gracie Martin
Gracie has been climbing for around 10 years and in that times have mainly focussed on bouldering competition climbing. In recent years she has moved her skills outside, and over the summer spent 2 months climbing in the bouldering mecca of Rocklands. Gracie has been coaching for around 3 years, running women’s only sessions and working with local junior climbing teams. She loves being able to help and see people try harder than ever before to find new limits.
Harriet Ridley
Hazel Findlay
Hazel has been climbing for 20 years, starting out trad climbing on the sea cliffs of Pembrokeshire. She was the British junior champion six times, but at 16 decided to focus on real rock, especially trad climbing which is her main passion and takes her all over the world. Hazel was the first British woman to climb E9, and free El Capitan. She has red pointed 8c, loves all types of climbing from bouldering to alpine and is especially interested in the mental challenge that climbing evokes.
Katie Varian
Owner of Eden Rock Carlisle and Eden Rock Edinburgh, Katie has been climbing for over 18 years and loves exploring new crags with her husband and daughter around Northumberland and Cumbria. She is an ambassador for Beta Climbing, Tenaya and SNAP. Katie has been coaching for over 8 years, and is heavily involved in the
development of the training areas in the two bouldering walls. As Head setter Katie is also in charge of creating a facility that people can develop their technique and efficiency
Katherine Schirrmacher
Based in Sheffield, and with over 10 years of coaching experience Katherine has coached hundreds of people of all abilities with varied climbing aims. She loves to help climbers achieve their goals whilst maintaining a full life.
Katherine enjoys all kinds of climbing and finds it hard to choose her favourite! Highlights include trad climbing in Arapiles (Australia), bouldering in Hueco (USA) and sport climbing in the south of France. She runs
Katy Whittaker
Katy has been climbing for around 23 years. Growing up in the Peak District she learnt to climb on the local gritstone edges. She is probably best know for her ascents on grit, making hard highball ground up ascents and headpoints up to E8. However, she loves all types of climbing and has travelled extensively across the world. She has bouldered 8a, sport climbed 8b+ and also competed for the GB team for over 10 years, during this time becoming British Bouldering Champion. Photo: Rob Greenwood
Leah Crane
Petra Klingler
Rachel Briggs
Rachel is the queen of core and an expert multitasker. Over the last 10 years she has overcome serious injury, faced career changes and established her own successful climbing business - Rock Tots. She has also gone through pregnancy, birth and being a mother to two small children, yet she is now stronger, more psyched and climbing harder than ever before!
Rachel Carr
Rachel has been climbing for 10 years. She initially focused on competition climbing and spent 6 years competing for the British junior team. In her last two years on the team, she was appointed captain which then led to coaching. She now focuses more on the outdoors and coaching other athletes of all ages and abilities. She is the current Scottish rep and one of the GB Junior Team, has bouldered 8a and climbed sport 7c. Rachel is supported by Psychi, 3rd Rock and Five Ten.
Sam Leary
Sam embodies what it is to be an inspirational coach and educator, her passion, motivation and drive are obvious which hugely benefits the people she is with. She has combined her 30 years of broad and extensive personal and professional experience in climbing and mountaineering to perfect and fine tune skills, this enables her to have maximum impact helping people achieve their personal goals and development. As well as providing 'top draw' coaching Sam values having fun very highly!
Sandra Berlin
Sandra is the founder of Climb & Yoga Ltd, a highly experienced climbing coach and yoga teacher, and a full time mum.

She has been working as a climbing coach for nearly 10 years and practising yoga for a lot longer than that.

For the past 3 years she has been focusing on teaching yoga to climbers, helping them to discover its many benefits.

Find out more at
Shauna Coxsey
Suz Dudink
Originally from Holland, I discovered climbing when I was 21. Together with my partner Andy Earl, I travelled the world, developed climbing areas and built up Climb Newcastle. Very soon I shared the podium with Adam Ondra and became one of the first females to boulder F8a+! Circumstances changed so I started to focus more on coaching and route-setting and recently set up 'UpgradeClimbing’. I love helping others reach their potential, and seeing them enjoy your routes is unbelievably rewarding.
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