Our talks programme is the mainstay of this year's theme - 'Inspire'. Our three headline slots will lead the way, starting with the legendary pioneer, Lynn Hill. Eight super-psyched women will deliver focus talks on a range of topics requested by the WCS community. Each talk will provide inspiration, give you practical tips on how to turn that into a reality, and build in plenty of time for your questions.








Lynn Hill
Lynn Hill

Lynn Hill is a living legend. The first woman to climb 5.14 and on-sight 5.13b, in 1994 she changed the boundaries of what is possible in rock climbing with the first free ascent – man or woman - of The Nose on El Cap. Lynn has competed all over the world, and her big wall skills have also taken her to first ascents in Kyrgyzstan and Madagascar. Currently living in Boulder, Colorado, she balances her time between climbing, running, skiing, travels and raising her son Owen.

Shelley Rudman
Shelley Rudman
Anoushé Husain
Anoushé Husain


Naomi Cokell
Naomi Cokell

Naomi has climbed since university and moved to Sheffield after attending Bath University, in order to climb more. The bulk of her climbing has been in the Peak District, North Wales and Pembroke. She has climbed sports 7c+, bouldered f7c and onsighted E5. Naomi is a chartered accountant with her own practice and has three small children.

Llinos Cassidy
Llinos Cassidy

Everything I love about climbing is right here in the South West! I spend my week full of wanderlust for a weekend's frolicking ahead - adapting to the seasons best offerings, from Winter bouldering, Spring sport climbing, Summer DWS through to Autumnal trad. Join me and my friends friends as we go gallivanting round the South West to show you why west is best and to inspire you to have your own adventures on your doorstep.

Anna & Emine
Anna & Emine

Anna Paxton is a runner, climber, adventure journalist and film producer, and through her work seeks to shine a light on the incredible stories and female role models in the outdoor world. These can be found on her website Outdoorista. Emine Guler found her passion in climbing on a trip to Thailand. It changed her lifestyle, and the love for the sport and uniqueness of the climbing community inspired her to create HoldBreaker, a climber-focused equipment, clothing and community website.

Ella Russell
Ella Russell

For the last 8 years Ella has forged a career as a corporate employment lawyer, often working long and unpredictable hours. Despite this, she has managed to steadily work her way up the climbing grades (to font and sport 8a+) through a structured and disciplined approach to training and her day-to-day life.



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Chameleon climbing:
THe ART of adaptation


Career. Climbing. Children.

Can you really have it all?

Naomi juggles a career as an accountant, climbing and three small children.

Join her on a journey overcoming tiredness, lack of psych and just not enough time in the day and learn how you can adapt your choice of climbing discipline and focus your training to maximise your available time.


Whether its the logistics of taking children to the crag, or fitting in adventures (she's climbed The Nose in a day!), Naomi will give you hard-won practical tips to inspire you to find your inner chameleon..

Do you spend the week checking weather forecasts and daydreaming of weekend adventures? If so, this is the talk for you!


Join Llinos and her friends as they go gallivanting round the South West to show you why west is best and to inspire you to have your own adventures on your doorstep.


Starting in Bristol this action-packed roadtrip will feature the South West’s best climbing, challenges, beaches and ice cream. Llinos will give you the beta on the best seasonal venues, where to meet other climbers and which routes not to miss!

Are you being heard? There are so many incredible women out there doing amazing things and having epic adventures.


The more we talk about our experience in the outdoors, the more we can inspire each other, and together, work towards a more balanced representation of our views, ideas and wants in the industry. 


Anna and Emine talk about their experiences and inspiration and encourage you to share yours as part of this  interactive talk. Let's get connected!

Keen to improve your climbing performance but wondering if you can achieve your goals? Do competing demands on your time mean you need to use your climbing sessions more effectively?

For the last 8 years Ella has forged a career as a lawyer, often working long unpredictable hours. Despite this, she has managed to steadily work her way up the climbing grades through a structured and disciplined approach to training and her day-to-day life. In this talk she will give practical insights into methods  which could help you to send climbs that you never thought possible if time is at a premium.

Sam Leary
Sam Leary

Sam has been rock climbing and mountaineering for over 30 years. She is a an outdoor professional holding the Mountain Instructors Certificate (MIC) and lives in North Wales in the summer and Scotland in the winter, with various trips as an instructor in between, Sam's work takes her adventuring all over the world. By the time of WCS she will just have returned from guiding in Africa!

Rab Careers Panel
Rab Careers Panel

ML course director Kristine Cruse, Rab’s PR Coordinator and Copywriter Hetty Key and Garment Technologist Lowri Cunnah and freelance designer Julie Greengrass.

Nina Tappin
Nina Tappin

Nina qualified as a physiotherapist in Montreal in 1999 and has specialised in rock climbing related injuries since 2000. She has treated some of Britain’s elite climbers and members of the GB junior and senior teams. Nina writes articles for climbing media and teaches “Common Climbing Injuries & Injury Prevention” modules. She has a special interest in injury prevention among children and females, and is also advises women who are pregnant, and/or recovering from birth on how to exercise safely

Emma Wood
Emma Wood

Emma graduated with a 1st in Psychology from Bristol UWE in 2012 and worked in climbing walls for a few before training as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist with the Quest Institute in London. Since then she has been helping people with a wide range of problems - including fear of falling, performance state management, anxiety, de-traumatising injury, anxiety and phobias. Her climbing life started in 2011, and in 2015 she moved to the Peak District to be closer to the great outdoors.

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Climbing Injury Prevention

Inspiration, Fear and Headgame

Injuries are inevitable - or are they? Nina brings years of experience working with female climbers to help you understand how your body works and how to prevent it from being injured.


Her talk will cover:

  • Climbing-specific warm ups for indoor and outdoor bouldering and routes

  • Technique tips and things to look out for when climbing/pulling

  • The 'Practical Antagonist Routine for a Busy Lady'

  • How, when and why to use static stretches

  • Tips and ideas for climbing whilst pregnant/ post-birth.

Want to improve your trad skills and be inspired by the joys of the mountain environment? Join Sam as she introduces you to her 'Potential Pyramid' for successful and enjoyable trad climbing. Whether you're just venturing outside for the first time or are a old hand, this model gives you a defined set of processes that you can start implementing straight away. 

  • Technical: racking and practical skills.

  • Tactical: planning, making good choices, even when pumped!

  • Physical: positive movement, efficient and stress free climbing.

  • Psychological: training, preparation, breaking it down, managing fear.

Time to take your climbing to the next level but finding your head sometimes gets in the way? 

From fear of falling to fear of failure, Emma will inspire you to push through barriers, and take control of your climbing head game. 

Learn how the mind works, challenge your beliefs and question the subconscious intentions behind ‘fear’ behaviours. Take inspiration from stories of other women who have overcome obstacles and learn practical techniques to take away and apply in your own climbing headgame. 

If you’re looking to turn your passion into your profession, this is the talk for you! Many of us want to combine our love of climbing with a career in the outdoor industry, but how do you do it? Where do you begin?


To help you get started, Rab has put together a panel of amazing women to talk you through the wide range of opportunities out there and answer any questions you might have. With a wealth of experience, the panel is made up of ML course director Kristine Cruse, Rab’s PR Coordinator and Copywriter Hetty Key and Garment Technologist Lowri Cunnah, and freelance designer Julie Greengrass.