Climb with Professional Climber Tim Emmett

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With Rock & Sun you have the opportunity to climb with professional climbers!


Occasionally we will invite a professional climber on our Sport Climbing Holidays in Thailand or our Performance Coaching Courses in the Costa Blanca. In the past, UK's top female climber Hazel Findlay taught us how to deal with fear when climbing above your gear. And Tim Emmett shared his positive vibes and his knowledge on climbing technique last winter in Thailand. For those who missed the opportunity to learn from and climb with Tim, he will be joining us again! In October he will run a Performance Coaching Course alongside our excellent climbing guide Sergio Pastor Serra. And in December/January he will join Trevor Massiah and Desiree Verbeek again in Thailand for some more great climbing adventures!




Tim Emmett is a professional climber, extreme athlete, TV presenter and climbing coach who has appeared on numerous BBC programmes. The most well-known television gig he did must be when him and Leo Houlding and Tim Emmett raced Jeremy Clarkson up the Verdon Gorge (France), and back down again in Top Gear - BBC.


In October 2015 Tim won the Redbull Whitecliffs climbing competition on the Isle of White, and in February 2016 he climbed Interstellar Spice, the first ice climb graded WI 12 at Helmcken Falls, Canada – perhaps the most famous ice climbing in the world. Tim has also established some of the hardest rock climbs in Cuba, Mongolia and Wales.

An author, speaker and former wingsuit B.A.S.E. jumper, he works closely with the Mountain Hardwear design team and continues to push the boundaries of physical and mental performance.


On his first Himalayan trip in 2006 with Ian Parnell, Tim climbed a new route on the East Face on Kedar Dome (6840M) free, in Super Alpine style, and was nominated for the Piolet D’Or (climbing’s equivalent to the Oscar’s). Tim achieved podium position four times at the World Ice Climbing Championships and has climbed both the hardest Sport climb and Deep Water Solo in the Caribbean. In 2010 Tim made the first ascent ofMuy Caliente - the first E10 in Wales.


Tim enjoys many other sports including ski-ing, snow boarding, free diving, skeleton, bobsleigh, kite boarding, mountain biking and heli boarding and is the Patron of the Charity “Breathtakers”. He graduated in Marine Zoology and encourages people to join his quest for Cellular Health and Dietary Excellence.


Climb with TIM EMMETT in Spain


Because it was such a great success to have Tim along and because more of you would like the opportunity to climb with him and get inspired by his technique and positive attitude towards climbing, Tim Emmett is coming out to the Costa Blanca in October!


"I’m planning to be in Spain this autumn to see if I can take my own rock climbing to a new level and climb a 9a! While I’m there I’ll be joining the Rock and Sun team to offer a unique one week performance coaching course for anyone looking to improve their climbing outside. The week is especially designed for people that spend most of their time climbing indoors and want to improve their grade outdoors. Focus will be on technique, movement and flow, and the goal is to have an energising and refreshing holiday. In my opinion understanding and learning the most efficient way to get through tricky sequences is the smartest way to improve your climbing.

It's also an opportunity to ask me about training, diet and lifestyle and share tips from 28 years of climbing experience." Tim Emmett.


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Reasons to choose a Rock & Sun Performance Coaching Course:


Enjoyment. Safety. Achievement. Our Performance Coaching courses have been designed and developed by a team of highly qualified, accomplished and passionate climbing instructors.


The professional integrity of Rock & Sun instructors is paramount to our continued success.


They know how to climb - and they know how to teach you to climb.


They're committed to going the extra mile for best results.


The feedback we've received suggests that courses surpass expectations.


You are welcomed as an individual. We acknowledge your individual rock climbing aspirations, and anticipate much fun along the learning road.  


Performance Coaching in the Costa Blanca


We offer Performance Coaching in the Costa Blanca, which is home to some of Spain's most exciting rock climbing.

Watch our Costa Blanca video: Costa Blanca Climbing Holiday


You will be staying in a beautiful, fully equipped and spacious villa with swimming pool just a five minute walk from the typical Spanish village Parcent, in the Xalon Valley. The Xalon Valley is just inland from Benissa and has some amazing crags, such as Pena Roja, Alcalali and l'Ocaive. The villa is about 30 minutes from the town and coast of Calpe. The Xalon valley is famous for its high quality wines - you will be surrounded by vineyards, as well as olive trees, orange groves and almond groves. Parcent has a range of bars and restaurants (among which the best Paella restaurant in the area!), a minimarket, bakery and pharmacy, all within walking distance of the villa.


We offer one free transfer from Alicante Airport to your accommodation (which will be the start date of your holiday – normally a Saturday) which departs from Alicante Airport at 2.00pm latest. To take advantage of this service, and in order to minimize waiting times, please aim for midday arrivals.

On departure day (the end date of your holiday - normally a Saturday) we offer one free transfer to Alicante Airport which departs the villa around 9.00am. We therefore suggest to aim for midday departures.

If you wish to travel to the accommodation independently, or if you can't buy a flight within these hours, transfers may be arranged, subject to availability, on alternative days/times. Contact us for more information.


Climb with TIM EMMETT in Thailand


Tim Emmett is coming out to Thailand again this winter! So don't miss out on this opportunity to climb with him! Be inspired by his fearless, wild, enthusiastic and adventurous nature and learn from his climbing technique; he has climbed some of the hardest routes in the world. Tim will be joining Rock & Sun as a Guest Coach for the Sport Climbing Holidays starting on December 17th 2017 and January 7th 2018.


"If you want to go on one of the coolest guided climbing trips of your life, come and join us in Thailand this coming winter. I'm teaming up with Trevor Eugene Massiah and Rock and Sun as the guest coach on two trips. Thailand is my favourite place in the world, I love it so much I've been there 5 times, and even met Katie my wife there too. I'm not promising you'll meet your future spouse but I can guarantee a trip you'll remember forever. We will be visiting the infamous Tonsai and Railay beach for a day but most of the trip with be at a new location near Ao Nang and also the ultimate island getaway - Lao Liang. I went diving off Lao Liang on Christmas day a few years ago and saw two huge Manta Rays. The island itself is pristine and surrounded by crystal clear turquoise water, often teaming with fish and the climbing and DWS there is fun too. There are kayaks and the snorkelling is also superb, and you DON'T need to wear a wetsuit." Tim Emmett.


To book this amazing climbing holiday, please go to our Thailand page.


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