Training for Climbing with Private Coaching

There is no better way to learn how to climb than through private instruction, and there’s nothing we like to do more than to help people improve. At the High Point Climbing School, based out of Chattanooga’s iconic new climbing gym, High Point Climbing & Fitness, we are offering one-on-one coaching and personal training for climbing. With ongoing private instruction you can expect fast results from undivided attention. Those climbers who have reached a plateau, or who want to boost their performance for a specific goal will get clear practical advice, customized training and regular instruction for steady improvement.

High Point Climbing School’s founders and head coaches, Wills Young and Lisa Rands are both elite-level climbers with impressive ascents, competition wins and over 55 years of experience between them. They have traveled the world in pursuit of their own climbing dreams and are here to share their knowledge and passion.

As coaches to the High Point Climbing Team Wills and Lisa have coached climbers to National level competitions including to National Champion. They are both American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Single Pitch Instructors and certified coaches with USA Climbing, the national governing body of competition climbing. Scroll down for brief bios.

The rate for personal coaching and training at the gym from Wills or Lisa is $70 per hour. For those wanting ongoing coaching, we offer increasing discounts: purchase of 3 hours, 5 hours, or 10 hours of coaching at rates of $65, $60 and $55 per hour.

Those looking for group training sessions or instruction should check out the other pages on this site for our regular classes. We can accommodate groups.

OUTDOOR guiding and instruction is also available and can compliment indoor training. Please check out our guiding page.

Training for Climbing Gets Results! Lisa on her way to victory at an International Bouldering Competition, Santiago, Chile

Above: Lisa on her way to victory at an International Bouldering Competition, Santiago, Chile

Training for Climbing With Lisa Rands!

Read more about Wills & Lisa, and Chattanooga’s climbing scene:


Lisa Rands is a former Open National champion, the first American woman to win a Bouldering World Cup and reached the rank of number one in the world at competitive bouldering. Lisa inspired a generation of women climbers with her dynamic style, and her bold, gutsy ascents of climbs previously regarded as only, “for the guys.”

Beyond winning numerous national and international events, Lisa’s quest for adventure has taken her around the world to Alpine spires in Patagonia and the revered gritstone cliffs of England; she has authored new boulder problems at the emerging climbing Mecca of Rocklands, South Africa, and has teamed up with legend Peter Croft to establish first ascents in the Sierra backcountry.

Known throughout the world for her exceptional talent, and her drive to push herself both physically and mentally, Lisa is also recognized for her modest personality and friendly demeanor. Lisa is married to Wills (see right). Read more at –>

Wills Young

Wills Young was raised in England, and learned to climb there, holding leader falls with a waist belay long before climbing gyms existed. He honed his leading skills through traditional climbing on local gritstone edges, the mountain crags of Scotland, and the dicey sea cliffs of Wales, climbing half a dozen years before he ever clipped a bolt. A move back to his native California saw Wills develop hundreds of boulder problems at climbing areas in Southern California.

After a spell behind the desk as an editor at Climbing magazine, he moved to Bishop, California, with wife-to-be Lisa Rands, where he authored one of the country’s most popular climbing guidebooks, Bishop Bouldering, climbing nearly all of the book’s 2000 boulder problems in the process. In his role as coach, Wills pushed Lisa to improve her technique and propelled her to  wins at international competitions, training with her through countless gym sessions and thousands of days out on the rock.