Banff Coaching Conference

Upcoming Conference:

I’ll be up in Banff at the end of October helping spread the injury prevention message at the “Banff Coaching Conference.” Come join the fun. Details are listed below.



This is the only conference in Canada focused on the professional development for climbing coaches, both youth and open. It is the best place to get in touch with other coaches across the country, to learn from one another, and to have access to some of the best people out there in their fields. Also, it runs during the world famous Banff Mountain Film Festival! Come on by and catch a few amazing films at the same time.



October 29 (evening) – November 1 (late afternoon), 2015


Hosted by: The Banff Centre

$200/participant; $175/participant if 2 or more come from the same gym

Call (403) 762-7545 for registration or (403) 762-6450

Link to the Facebook event page:



Rooms are available at the Banff Centre for $109 per night plus taxes and fees. There are a variety of rooms available so please what your options are. The toll free number for reservations is: 1-800-884-7574. The Banff Centre has restaurants on site for all meals.

Other accommodations are available in Banff and can be searched at:



Dr. Jared Vagy, The Climbing Doctor:

Alayne Hing, sport psychologist for the Canadian Youth National Climbing Team, Elite Edge Performance Consulting, WinSport:

Jeff Thomson, Coach Education Manager for Gymnastics BC and currently a board member for Sport Climbing BC

Mike Anderson, author of The Rock Climber’s Training Manual and the Rock Prodigy training program:

Reid Bilben, coordinator for the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Calgary & Region

Kelly Drager, Registered Dietician and climber

Michael Souster, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Peak Power Sport Development

Tami Lyn Lunney, acro yoga instructor


Topics will include:

  • year-long training plans
  • mental training
  • strength training for youth and adults
  • training for speed climbing without a 15 metre wall
  • how to develop an integrated support team (IST)
  • ring training, TRX, and other body-weight exercises
  • acro yoga session
  • nutrition for climbers
  • climbing warm-ups
  • injury prevention program
  • lots of group work to get coaches to discuss, debate, and plan together