PopUp RocUp

Our vision at RocUp is to provide the best quality coaching trips available. We want to inspire the climbing community by giving them the chance to learn from not only the best coaches in the industry, but also the best climbers.

This winter we are introducing the first of our PopUp sessions to the UK.

Our PopUp sessions are all about bringing coaching to you at your local crags. We will be touring the UK over 2016/17 and popping up in various locations and crags offering morning and day coaching experiences with some of Britain’s best climbers and coaches.

Do you have some projects you want some help finishing off? Not sure where you are going wrong? These are the sessions for you.

This winter we will be hosting our first PopUp sessions on the iconic Gritsone of the Peak District. The Peak District is host to some of the best boulder problems in the UK and many find mastering the unique gritsone a tough affair. This is where we step in.

In a PopUp session you will get 3:1 group coaching as well as personal 1:1 analysis helping you understand how to master some of the fundamental techniques in climbing as well as getting you up the toughest test pieces the areas have to offer.

As always, our professional coaches will use video analysis to help you realise where you are going wrong and how to correct any errors preventing you from ticking off a specific problem. From very basic movement issues, to far more detailed mistakes that could be an issue of timing, engagement or physical weaknesses. Following your session on the rock, you will get a unique opportunity to sit down with your coaches and get a detailed explanation of how to move forward and what to focus on over the season and in your training in general.

Why RocUp?

At RocUp, our aim is to offer the best available coaching packages on the market. We will get the best coaches on board alongside the most experienced Rocstars to not only inspire you, but to teach you all of their unique tips and technique tricks.


Not everyone can travel across the world to join us on our adventures, so PopUp is all about coming to you. From all of the best crags across the UK covering sport, trad and bouldering to venues all over Europe and the US. PopUp sessions give you the chance to be coached on your local test pieces, wherever you are!

UK – Peak District, Yorkshire (Limestone and Gritstone), Lake District, North Wales, South Coast, Bristol, Devon and Cornwall.
Europe – Weekend trips to The South of France (and Fontainebleau), Spain (north and south), Italy and Austria.

Vital Trip Stats

  • Exclusive PopUp Tour
  • Where: UK
  • When: See dates here
  • Price: £120 for a morning session 09.00 to 12.30 – or extend to a full day to include afternoon session from 13.00 to 16.30 for £200.00
  • Climber to coach ratios of 1:3
  • You must be able to lead climb and belay
  • Great for F5a and V0* climbers and above
  • Single pitch sport climbing and bouldering sessions


*Some sessions will be restricted to more advanced climbers.

The sessions have been so much fun. Not only have I learnt a lot, I’ve progressed in my climbing and surpassed any expectations. The coaching quality is beyond anything I’ve experienced!

James Grealey

The Coaches


Alongside your resident RocUp coaches, you can gain access to some of the biggest names in our industry. See below for more info.


Ben West

RocUp Coach

Member of GB bouldering team
Professional coach for 8 years

Ben is part of the BMC’s coaching development team and has climbed F8c on rock, as well as on-sighting multiple F8a’s. He runs a successful youth climbing squad in the South West and came 18th in the Bouldering World Cup.

“I’m really looking forward to working as a RocUp coach in Kalymnos. I have been twice before and love the place.”


Leah Crane

RocUp Coach

Two times British Bouldering Champion
Professional coach for 7 years

Leah is an accomplished competition climber and a member of Team GB. With trad ascents up to E6, sport routes in the 8’s and boulder problems with double figures, you can rest assured that Leah will put all of her experience and knowledge into use when she is working with ROC UP clients.

Leah’s technique coaching is famous nationwide and with a background in gymnastics her knowledge of movement is impeccable. Leah has an intrinsic ability to pick out subtleties in all climbing styles and types; from day one beginners, to advanced and experienced climbers.


Pete Whittaker

RocUp Coach

FAs of numerous Gritstone E10s
FA of the World’s hardest off width crack
World record for the most routes climbed in a day, 550 (achieved on Gritstone)
2nd person to make a Flashed ascent of any El Capitan route

Pete has been climbing for 17 years. from completing last great problems on his local gritstone and establishing some of the worlds hardest cracks, to endurance based feats and big wall adventures.

Pete has a huge wealth of experience regarding different techniques, skills and movement.


Robin O’Leary

RocUp Coach

Founder of RocUp
Professional coach for 6 years

Robin is fairly unique in that he has coached professionally everyday for the last 6 years.

Robin has climbed F8b and is fast building a reputation as one of the leading professional coaches in the industry, his achievements in youth coaching are the most astounding in the UK, with his climbing squad crushing at competitions nationwide. His adult clients similarly have seen huge gains, jumping number grades from his coaching sessions in short periods of time, putting him in high demand. Robin was coached under Neil Gresham for many years, including in Kalymnos, which he has visited various times.

“I can’t wait to coach alongside the likes of Leah, Ben and Alex. Running these kind of unique coaching holidays have been a dream of mine for a long time, I can’t wait for you to join us for what will be an incredible experience.”