Never say "I should have gone for it" again

You learned how to lead climb, but the more you climb, the more you feel frustrated by being held back by fear.

Coming soon: The "Conquer your Fear of Falling" course


Does this describe you?

  • You lead climb
  • You want to be better at leading
  • You sometimes (or always) feel anxious when it comes to taking big (or small) falls on lead

To be even more specific:

  • You've ever read a book or articles about fear management
  • Tried exercises to get over your discomfort around falling
  • Taken (or wanted to take) a class at your local gym about getting comfortable leading

Do you see yourself in this description?

If so, we should be internet friends.




For *years* I've loved to help people just like you get over a fear of falling. The more anxious the person is, the more I look forward to helping them.

How does this work?

The course is not rocket science:

  1. Lay a foundation of really good belay skills
  2. Learn to differentiate good catches from bad catches.
  3. Learn with your belayer to always give good catches, in a wide variety of situations
  4. Slowly, incrementally, ratchet up the severity of the falls, from "trivial top-rope falls" to "very non-trivial".
  5. Throughout it all, don't move to something harder until you feel absolutely comfortable
"That's cool, Josh. Sounds nice. How do I know this will work? I've already tried Climbing/Rock&Ice/Reddit/my friend's advice on taking falls. It worked... sorta"

Great question. The secret to this (don't tell anyone, OK?) is that your fear is not the problem. It's a useful indicator. I'll show you how to use it as an indicator, instead of using it as a source of shame.

Oh, and I've done this before, dozens of times. I taught many people this exact material, in person, way back when. But unless you and I happen to climb together regularly, there's no way for me to share this information with you!

"How will this benefit me?"
  • Gain the comfort on lead you wished you had, in a few days, instead of in a few years
  • Do you have projects you want to send this summer or fall? The biggest improvement you can make in a few weeks is your mental control. A few more gym sessions won't make much of a difference.
  • Do you want to just enjoy climbing instead of worrying about falling? If you're like me, you sometimes spend six or ten or twenty hours climbing, every week. Don't you think you should do something to make every single one of those hours more fun and productive?


Rather than sign up now, and get an email from me in a few weeks, you'll get regular updates and previews of what I'm building. You'll also have a chance to shape what is to come.

Enter your email below if you:

  • Want to learn how to climb boldly
  • Want to be the first to find out when this course is ready
  • Want to have a chance to shape it's development
  • Don't mind informal emails from a quite normal person

PS Who the heck am I? I'm Josh. I don't have a claim to fame besides an old top-rope systems management certification (pretty proud of that one) and I love to teach people valuable things. Twitter. Blog. thompsonjoshd at gmail's popular email service.

PPS Here's real feedback from others I've worked with:

"Before I wouldn't try anything I wasn't sure that I could stick. Now I am willing to go for it anyway (because I'm not scared of the possible fall), and often surprise myself by making it. Which in turn expands the range of what I am sure I can stick." - Helen

"This class changed my mentality about climbing classes in general -- I sort of dismissed them as not a useful way for me to learn, but was proven wrong." - Julie

"I would strongly recommend such a course to other climbers. We all go through periods of "lead head". I had been struggling for several weeks and was experiencing frustration with my climbing. Josh's instruction helped me to get over my anxiety and be a more confident climber. Because of the instruction I was able to get back to sending hard without my mental block getting in the way." - Kelly

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