Monday, 31 December 2012

ReAch Mid January Team...


Winter at Montserrat, Spain
ReAch are now canvasing for 10 new clients for Mid January to start on our Online Dual Factor Program (£200 for 4 month online program). If you climb from between 6a to 7c and are looking for the potential to train and substantially improve over 4 months with a personal program and online support, then please contact us to join the Team.

If you wish to join the Mid January Team, then please contact and he will arrange to to gather your training information, arrange payment and design your program.

We have a closing date of 10th of January to allow us to prepare and design the programs .

Payment for your program is invoiced via paypal.

Lleida, Spain

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Last few weeks of training for our September Team... Incredible!

We are nearly there with the ReAch September Team, with just a few weeks left, it has been great seeing the ups and downs and back UPs again! Training for 4 months consistently is not easy, I know.

Sport science is ever changing and only some data seems to carry forward into the next generation of research as 'credible'... We use various training methods specializing in Dual Factor but for me, what makes the ReAch Training Program 'credible' is having someone watching how you are doing during the program period and this is the whole center for my coaching.

Back in GB
It is not that I am a better climber ( I have climbed 8a+ so far since returning in 2010 and am proud but like you, I want more! 8b is killing me, but I have a plan!) but I think I understand the motivational drivers and need for support when things can get a bit tougher.

So here is to my September Team : Matt, Chris, Duncan, Joanne...Nearly THERE! :)

A link to Chris sending Weed Killer Traverse in the Peak and his recent trip to El Chorro in Spain below:

November Tor from 205Chris on Vimeo.

El Chorro
Chris Taylor at El Chorro

Joanne Lucas at Grotte De Sabart testing her core!

Duncan Jones Working techniques at Calames in Ariege
1:1 day at Dunkeld, Scotland on 7b+ with Joanne
Joanne working 8a at Grotte de Sabart, Ariege, Pyrenees
Mark Taking a lesson from Malcolm at Calames

Duncan doing his (S1) at TCA Glasgow's Board Area

If you wish to join our next Training Team using our Online Dual Factor Programme, then please contact for start dates.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Estamos buscando 5 clientes Españoles/Catalanes para nuestro equipo de diciembre

Estamos buscando 5 clientes Españoles/Catalanes para nuestro equipo de diciembre a entrenar con nuestro programa en linea durante 4 meses a un precio de 200 euros. Por favor, pongase en contacto con

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The 1000 -

Inspired by this (, I decided it was a good time for me to try for the 1000 pull up challenge as it seems like a great cause and the timing was right for me to try and complete such a great psychological challenge. It took me around 10 hours with 200 visits to the ledge with short sets of 5... Not the cleanest pull ups I have ever done but certainly the meanest!

A great challenge for all when you are looking to build some psychological strength as well as bigger arms! It's not easy but felt great pulling up for that big number 1000! Try it!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

ReAch November Team

Mark McGowan working Metis (8b+), Genat, Ariege (Photo Alan James)

We are now canvasing for 5 UK climbers for our November Team for our online training programme. The programme costs 200.00 GBP and runs for a period of 4 months begining mid November.

You will recieve a 4 month online programme containing the following:
  • access to online training data during the programme period
  • bespoke online DF program based on profile
  • online coaching support to monitor progress or discuss issues during  the 4 months

With this training programme, the main ingredients for success are your comitment and online support to help you through the good and bad times of the programme period and help you manage the changes needed to successfully taper to a peak. 
Success is obviously never guaranteed but our success lies in the support  and focus that is generated by havng the mutually shared online programme between client and coach.

For specific route projects such as red pointing of your project, Mark is available for 1:1 coaching sessions in Scotland, Spain by specific arrangement and the Ariege, Pyrenees (where we will also be offering the team special rates on coaching trips in the Ariege with ReAch and Base Calames),

Contact for more details...

New guide due out asap for Ariege

Monday, 8 October 2012

ReAch September Team (and more friends!) come to Ariege - foto session

Mark, Malcolm & Duncan at Grotte de Sabart

Joanne Lucas on 8a

Duncan Jones at Calames

Cheating bastardos!

Calames, Ariege

Base Calames, Pyrenees

Referrals from clients:

"...This training season I decided to get all the help I can to speed up my improvement. I needed guidance to work towards my goals in long term. I also needed more vision and opinions about my exercises and weak links. I am glad I can share my training with Mark..." (Ville Mustonen, Finland)

" I met Mark in Glen Nevis on his return to climbing to check out some lines he had in mind for me, I wasn't really training at this point but after a day or two talking and training with him I had a much more structured idea of what to do to improve and I did" (Kev Shields)