saturday 3rd march 2018 - braemar

I am speaking at the Braemar Mountain Festival, sharing stories of adventures old and new in climbing around the world and some key defining moments in my climbing life so far. Tickets and more info about the festival available here.


thursday 22nd February 2018 - fort william

I am speaking at the 2018 Fort William Mountain Festival on the Thursday evening as part of The Climber's Summit. I will be giving a short lecture about training followed by a Q&A. You can get further info about the evening and tickets here.


friday 23rd February 2018 - roy bridge

saturday 24th February 2018 - roy bridge

sunday 25th February 2018 - roy bridge

Climbing technique masterclasses with Dave MacLeod

In February 2018 I will once again be running my climbing masterclasses during the Fort William Mountain Festival. The full-day classes will be run at my own climbing wall in Roy Bridge, covering climbing technique, planning and implementing your training, injury prevention and sound nutrition to maximise your performance.

The classes always sell out with climbers coming from all over Europe. Many climbers who have attended from England come up on the sleeper train (London Euston - Roy Bridge non-stop!). So book your space early. Spaces are limited to 6 climbers per session.

The dates: Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, or Sunday 25th February 2018.  

The cost: £120 per person. Pay on the day.

The itinerary (classes run from 10am-5pm): 

10am-11.30am - The principles of learning good movement technique in climbing. Key movement errors, setting up good technique learning practice.

11.30-11.45am - Tea break and questions.

11.45-1pm - The priorities for physical training for climbing, how to personalise, plan and adjust a training schedule according to your current level. This includes the principles of how to best use the fingerboard, campus board, rings, bodyweight exercises, stretching, bouldering walls, endurance training and more.

1-2pm - Lecture over lunch (lentil soup) on injury prevention and management for climbers.

2-4pm - More free-flowing bouldering session with plenty of opportunity for observing and correcting individual technique errors. Also plenty of time for more individual questions and discussion.

4-5pm - Lecture over tea and snacks on principles of nutrition for performance climbing. General approach and merits of different dietary strategies, key nutrients of concern, common questions. 

7-10pm - Fort William Mountain Festival evening films and lectures. You can get your tickets for these at The nights often sell out so do book in advance, when they release their line-up.

Common questions:

Am I a good enough climber to attend?

Climbers of all abilities are encouraged to come. My climbing wall is well set up to deal with all standards of climbers from beginner level to V15. Climbers at a lower level always learn a lot from being part of a coaching session that includes some better climbers. I adjust the moves for each individual climber to suit your ability level. At the other end, I’m pretty confident my wall has plenty of climbs hard enough to challenge the strongest.

Will I be able to climb on a bouldering wall all day long?

The sessions involve a lot of analysis of climbing movement - i.e. watching each other climbing the same or similar moves and refining the movement patterns to improve performance. There is also plenty of questions and discussion time. The wall is set up to be flexible based on climbers ability. Everyone goes home with tired arms, but its the brain that gets the strongest workout.

What happens if I have to cancel my booking?

To avoid losing out on spaces due to last minute cancellations as we have in the past, we ask that if you cancel within 7 days of the session you pay 50% of the fee. If you do cancel within 7 days of the session and your space can be filled, there will be no charge. We will make every effort to make sure your space is filled.

What do I need to bring?

Just bring yourself, your rock shoes and chalk bag.  The soup at lunchtime will be vegetarian.  Full use of our kitchen is available if you would like to bring your own lunch.

Where is the wall?

It’s at my house in Roy Bridge. We will send you directions ahead of the event. We are 10/15 minutes walk from Roy Bridge train station and there is plenty of parking at my place. Roy Bridge is 20 minutes drive from Fort William.

How do I book?

Call Claire on +44 (0)7813 060376.


If you would like to talk to me about your own event, please get in touch.