Our talks programme is designed to be inspirational, from start to finish. The three headline speakers have been chosen to reflect this year's theme of goal setting and our intention is that you will walk away from the day with a set of goals and some great ideas about how to achieve them! There will also be eight super-psyched women delivering our focus talks on a range of topics requested by the WCS community. This year we will also be building in plenty of time for your questions at the end of each of each talk.
Find out why more women can - and should - set routes, how to read a route, and what the setter was thinking at the time!
Drawing on 18 years of experience in the field, Jackie will discuss the who, what, when, where, how, and most importantly, the why bother of participating in a physical, male-dominated profession like routesetting. She will explain why setting is one of the most important jobs in the gym, how to start, and how to continue to learn and grow as a setter to improve your own climbing and maximize your customers' experience.
Want to improve your trad skills and discover the joys of the mountain environment? Join Sam as she takes you through her top tips for successful and enjoyable trad climbing:
Technical: racking, gear, ropes and practical skills.
Tactical: planning, problem solving and avoidance, making good choices, even when pumped!
Physical: efficient climbing, training, multi-pitch and multi-day routes.
Psychological: training, preparation, breaking it down, managing fear.
Injuries are an unavoidable part of climbing...or are they?
Siobhan brings stories and examples and tips from
her work treating a variety of sports injuries as a physiotherapist, as well as those gained as a yoga and pilates instructor.
Key areas will include:
The importance of prehabilitation and cross training to reduce injury rates.
Injuries specific to female climbers
Stages of returning to climbing post injury
Love climbing and wish you could spend more time doing it? Want to make the mountains your office? Not sure where to start and lacking the courage to make a big life change?
Libby Peter has over 30 years of experience as a top mountain guide. In this talk she will inspire
you to consider making brave choices, explaining how she made a life and career out of her passion,
and take you through some other examples of women who have successfully made it in the climbing industry.