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Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan

 
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
Autumn Coaching in Fryer Belgium - Michel Kleinjan
 
September 27, 2013 -  Michel Kleinjan    
 

Just back from a two day coaching trip to Belgian climbing area Fryer. Two years ago Tim Reuser (19 years) tried 2 hard routes in this very hard graded climbing area. Shingen, 8b+ and Namche Bazar 8b were too hard that time. We went back to explore the grade again. We had 1 full day and one morning to do both routes. As a coach it's my role to get the best out of a climber. In this particular case it came down to make sure Tim was able to focus 100% on the climbing of those routes. So I drove him down to Belgium and coached him for the two days, belaying him and evaluating his performance with patience and care. Shingen appeared to be to complicated to climb in one day. After the first day we decided to come back in this winter and take a whole week to finish the project. Next day we took a look in Nache Bazar. We had to leave at 13:00 hr because I had a regular training group in Holland the same evening in our local gym. So we started at 10:00. Tim needed 2 efforts to almost climb the route. 3 hours was just to short to finish the project, he fell one time in the route. We'll be back for one full day this autumn to send it!

Here was coaching not about technique or physical improvement but all about creating the right moment at the right time. It was a perfect trip. Next blog I hope to tell about sending Namche Bazar. Michel Kleinjan

 

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