Free Taster Course

Free Taster Course

Here you'll find out more about mental training, why it's important, how it can benefit your climbing and how you can get started with mental training. You'll also experience some sample lessons from the Strong Mind course.
Free Taster Course

What would climbing be like if fear didn't hold you back?

How much harder would you climb if you were able to climb without distraction, 100% focused on the moves?

Climbers often think that although they can train their bodies, they can't train their minds. This is not true. Our brains are very adaptable and our minds strengthen in response to experience and practice. The problem is that many climbers do not know how to train their minds.
For example, so many climbers approach falling the wrong way, and instead of overcoming their fears, they ingrain them. With proper fall practice instruction, falling can become something you're excited about. Climbers are often unaware of how much fear of failure and performance anxiety limits them. They are stressed and they don't know how to improve their relationship with climbing.

What you'll get

✅ Why train your mind?
✅ An easy first step in mental training
✅ The single best piece of mental training advice that Hazel sees get the most results in her coaching
✅ A walk through the curriculum of the Strong Mind course
✅ Taking Responsibility (sample lesson from the Strong Mind course)
✅ The best way to address fear of failure (sample lesson from the Strong Mind course)
✅ What is fear of falling? (sample lesson from the Strong Mind course)
✅ The most effective way to manage fear of failure (sample lesson from the Strong Mind course)
✅ Gratitude Tools (sample lesson from the Strong Mind course)

To have a strong mind means that you know how to stay present and calm when it matters, stay in control and fundamentally make good decisions that further performance, enjoyment and safety, whatever grade you climb.

Quote Mark

"If I just avoid the things that scare me I'll be OK"

This sounds silly, but the default policy most climbers have towards their fears is avoidance.

The problem with avoidance is that we become more and more afraid. Our comfort zones shrink because we don't challenge ourselves and we become less comfortable with the types of experiences that bring us so much joy and growth.

We never get more comfortable through avoidance.

"But I do push myself and then I become panicked and have a terrible time."

This is another thing climbers do wrong – they spend a lot of time avoiding their fears, slowly getting bored and frustrated and then they decide to push really hard. This might sound good on paper but it's the worst thing you could do. This is akin to never going running and then running a marathon as your first effort. Of course, you'd expect to get injured.

The same thing happens with an untrained mind: if we underuse it and then push too hard, at best we take backwards steps and at worst we can cause trauma.

Having bad experiences in climbing trains the mind to find climbing scary; you're ingraining fear, the exact opposite of what you should be doing.

And yet, this is what many climbers do, persistently.

Here's how the course breaks down:

  • Video lessons with theory, practices, homework and reflective questions.
  • 6 chapters of content to do at your own pace.
  • App-based learning, audio-only versions of all the lessons and PDFs with important information for learning on the go.
  • Everything we teach is evidence-based and has been tested and proved over years of coaching and teaching climbers.
  • You won't be left on your own to get on with it. Join our new Strong Mind Community along side the course! The course comes with free access to a private area exclusively for our Strong Mind students.

One Time Payment


You can join the course for the one-off price of $367

Learn more about what the course entails further down the page.

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Monthly Payments


You can join the course and pay in 6 monthly instalments of $75

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Here's what we can guarantee:  

  • We're giving you all the best tools, practices, and exercises that we personally use and teach to those we coach.
  • More than 400 students have now taken the Strong Mind course. The first course was hugely successful, students saw great results, and we have continued to evolve the course since then.
  • The course is structured in a way that someone with no prior knowledge of mental training can get stuck in straight away.
  • It's not a bunch of abstract theory, but rather a process, with steps to follow and practices to actually train your mind rather than just read about it.
  • Nearly everything you learn about fear management for climbing in this course will be transferable to other areas of your life.

Course Content:

Students and over
3,000 subscribers
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Strong Mind team

Chapter 1


  • What is 'mindset'? What does your mindset currently look like?
  • 3 mindset shifts, necessary to start a journey in mental training
  • How to take responsibility for creating your own climbing experience
  • How to prioritise learning over small wins
  • Adopt a growth mindset towards managing your fears

Chapter 2

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Tools and strategies for building self-awareness.
  • The science of stress and fear and how we learn and unlearn fears. What's going on in my brain?!
  • Zones of comfort, stretch, and panic and the difference between eustress and distress for understanding and navigating challenge and stress
  • How to use the indicators of stress: breath, eyes, sensation, and tension for understanding the unique ways you create stress
  • Understand how to use indicators of stress to navigate a challenge
  • Why finding the right psychological challenge level is so important and how to find it
  • Meditations to explore your inner world of thoughts, emotions, and senses
  • Homework tasks to build self-awareness and find your stretch zone

Chapter 3

Fear of falling, heights and exposure

  • What is fear of falling and why do we have it?
  • Your past, present and future relationship with falling
  • An exploration of risk in climbing
  • Understand the theory behind exposure therapy for fall practice and where people commonly go wrong
  • Detailed instructions for top rope, lead and bouldering falling practice
  • How to be the best belayer and give soft catches from Angus Kille
  • Learn how to add challenge to increase stress and decrease stress through relaxation tools to find the perfect challenge level
  • How to apply exposure therapy for fear of exposure and heights including relaxation tools
  • How to integrate falling into your climbing life and stay motivated for the practice.
  • Sample sessions to help structure your practice
  • Tips on how to recover from accidents or trauma in climbing.
  • Supporting others: learn how to support climbing partners with fear of falling.
  • Tips and tools for coaches and guides who work with people who are scared of falling, heights or exposure.

Chapter 4

Fear of failure, performance anxiety and social fears

  • What is fear of failure and how does it limit our climbing?
  • Mindset shifts to alleviate fear of failure
  • Rewriting your own metric of failure and success
  • The science of social fears and why they are so powerful
  • Exposure therapy for social fears
  • Tools and mindset shifts for performance anxiety and pressure scenarios such as competitions
  • How to manage unhelpful comparisons and negative competitiveness
  • How to approach self-doubt and self-worth
  • How to approach identity issues in climbing
  • Homework tasks and reflective questions to guide reflection and learning

Chapter 5

Multipurpose mind tools

  • How to train your attentional control
  • Notice - Distance - Shift, a tool for turning down the volume on negative self-talk and emotions and turning up focus for the task at hand
  • Breathing exercises for managing stress and finding 'optimal arousal'
  • Notice and manage unhelpful thoughts with tools from CBT Connecting to the senses: how to be present when your mind wants to take you off into the past or future
  • Visualisation tools
  • Tools to reset when things start to unravel
  • Mantras for focus and letting go
  • Gratitude exercises to increase positivity and alleviate anxiety
  • Create your own climbing ritual

Chapter 6

Maintenance and Trouble Shooting

  • Troubleshooting common problems and slow progress
  • How to create and maintain good habits
  • Fear-training and the menstrual cycle
  • Transferring your knowledge in this course to other areas of your life such as public speaking, social or work-related fears
  • Personal wellbeing and why it matters for fear management
  • What's next? How to create a blueprint for your continued learning once you've finished the course

On top of this course content you'll also receive these added bonuses:

Here's what happens after that:

  • As soon as you've signed up for the Strong Mind course you'll receive your login information to access the course.
  • You'll receive access to the private area in our Community and be plugged into a community of climbers who are in the same boat as you, with the same goals and values as you …climbing harder, freer, happier...
  • You'll be able to download the Kajabi app and get the course content on your phone.
  • We'll stay in touch through the community, to answer your questions, support and encourage you and share your progress.


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Let's hear what past students are saying about The Strong Mind Course...

See what our past and present students think of us

“This course was simply amazing. I was a little sceptical about doing an online course, but I was wrong. The availability of all the coaches and the quick responses in the Slack and during the Q&A really made it possible to assimilate the material.
I already feel all the changes this course has brought to me. Since the beginning of the course, I took my biggest falls and led my most difficult routes ever. I fell on routes and stayed positive because I was happy with the way I was climbing and didn't feel the need to Onsight. I'm way calmer while climbing and I listen to my mind and my body a lot more.
I will miss you guys, it was a real pleasure meeting you all!”


"I learned so much more from this course than I could have expected; I was blown away by both the depth and amount of content! I feel truly empowered with knowledge that I can use not only in my future climbing experiences but also in other sports and even career endeavours. Thank you for recognizing the need for educating climbers on mental training, I think it makes all the difference for our experiences!”


"Today I finally let go of my ego it was great! Fear of failure was definitely there initially (what if people see me struggling with this "easy" route??) but it soon disappeared. I was back at the right challenge level, sending routes, and learning loads from the new setters. I'm not sure why I didn't just do that sooner!"


"Thank you for a wonderful course! I'm really impressed by how much content you put into it and how much you go in depth in all the topics! I found all the theories very interesting and as a psychologist I'm impressed by the quality and depth of this theory. I also learned some new breathing techniques that I'm now recommending for my patients (the physiological sigh)."


“Hey folks, I had a major breakthrough yesterday and thought I'd share. A little back story, in January, I was out climbing with someone I didn't know very well, fell with a bolt at my waist and ended up 20 ft down on a ledge with a broken talus. I really paused when Hazel talked about trauma and how that can be hard to overcome. I wasn't really sure I had any trauma as I understood that the belay was not good and I should have been totally fine. I also accept my part in going out with someone without knowing them that well. Fast forward to yesterday, four months to the day and I did my first fall practice and first day climbing outside since the injury. Thanks again!”


I w“as super nervous/jittery before my redpoint go on my project on my trip and I did a couple gratitude checks with my partner, closed my eyes and focused on the sound of the trees and the wind, hyper focused on my first foothold and it totally centred me and made me present with the climb. I borrowed Hazel's mantra to be with each move and I sent the thing! Sending is awesome of course but starting to feel like I'm in charge of my thoughts and they're not in charge of me is the best feeling in the world!!”


“It's been so expansive, and I know I'll be returning to the content and still finding some new gems in it going forward. I've already seen how engaging different mind tools, habits, and deliberate fall practice has made the parts of climbing that were feeling intimidating or fear-producing fun again, and I feel really empowered to approach my own climbing and climbing mindset with curiosity rather than judgement. It's night and day from how I was starting to feel about climbing about a year ago! Thank you for creating and teaching this course.”


“Thank you for an amazing course!! Yesterday I led for the first time outdoors. It was great conditions at my favourite crag. I felt good. I did some practice falls on the route first and had a hard time with two bolts. I worked through it and then led the full route. Focused on my breathing and mindset throughout. I have been trying for years to get over my fear of leading and actually had FUN and felt so free doing it. Thank you!!!”


“Friends, I led High Exposure in the Gunks on Tuesday. It's a pretty easy trad climb but famously heady. I set myself the goal last year to lead it this year - I'm so surprised that it's only June and I sent it easily, in Stress Zone 1 most of the time. I think this course helped a lot: it taught me about stress levels, and motivated me to practice falling on gear.”


“I've found that taking a fall on purpose really helps me to climb freely. My mantra I'm trying is ‘float like a bee’ and I think of a bee moving with intention, from flower to flower, using exactly as much energy as it needs to, knowing what it's purpose is. It helped me a lot on a 10a slab yesterday where I just needed to be light and keep moving. I did my first intentional gear fall of the season outside too, on a yellow totem. Taking the falls really helps me just put my attention to the climbing. I used the mind tools to keep me focused-interestingly I found them harder to do as I got tired. It is a skill that needs to be trained just like any other I realize.”