Advanced sport climbing course: 2022-10-29 - 2022-11-05

Advanced sport climbing course with Patxi Usobiaga

29.10.2022 - 05.11.2022

  • Push past your imaginary physical and mental limits to discover your real potential
  • Learn how to approach and project hard routes at your limits
  • Free month of individual PUC training plan
  • Climb better, harder & more

Patxi Usobiaga is a Spanish pro climber who has won World Championship in Qinghai, 2009. He is also one of few people who has won two overall Lead Climbing World Cup competitions in a row. His way to success has always been very sophisticated, complex, and exceptionally strict (and hard) training. Patxi is the first climber ever to send 8c+ on-sight. He has redpointed various routes of 9a and 9a+ grade. You could hardly find a coach more competent to lead our Advanced Sport Climbing Course!


Participants of this course are granted to learn a whole set of tricks and mental skills to approach, project, and climb hard routes at their limits, as well as the ability to handle mental pressure, fears, and stresses. Being a practitioner of evidence-based sports science, Patxi will also measure the participants’ physical strength, and analyze their physical as well as mental strengths and weaknesses. As a result, he will set a one-month free individual training plan with the possibility to supervise a climber’s progress in the long term.


It goes without saying that all Rockbusters climbing trips and courses are based on the "LEARN by DOING" philosophy. As a result, you will get all the coaching when actually climbing the best routes at a crag and spending as much time on the rock as you possibly can. At Rockbusters we believe that only practice makes you better and thus the goal number one is MAXIMIZING YOUR CLIMBING TIME.


Sport climbing course highlights
  • Maximum quality and quantity of climbing
  • 6 full days of intensive climbing with Patxi Usobiaga, a professional guide, and coach
  • Individual approach to your needs and level
  • Maximum 7:1 client/coach ratio
  • Group courses for 5 to 15 participants
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Video analysis  

Physical & technical requirements

  • Previous outdoor sport climbing experience needed min. RP grade 6c
  • Suitable for women and men, children from 15 years
  • The course can be purchased by individuals, couples, couples, or groups of friends
  • Physical intensity: high
Detailed technical specification of this climbing course

All necessary skills and knowledge to attack routes at your limits (or beyond your imaginary limits) such as:


  • Analysis of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Choosing the right hard project and a strategy for it
  • Working through the moves and getting the best beta
  • Linking the right sequences together
  • Art of mental preparation, handling the frustration, concentration, ...
  • How and when to use clipstick & other techniques to pre-clip first quickdraw
  • Movement skills - climb more efficiently
  • Perfect balance - support your center of gravity
  • Proper footwork - trust your feet
  • Special climbing techniques (side-stepping, drop knee, flagging, heel hooking, kneebar, ...)
  • Redpoint and on-sight attempts, so you can tackle new climbs more easily
  • Personalized coaching to break through mental barriers
  • Choosing the right equipment for the best climbing experience while staying safe, plus advice on how to treat and store it
  • Basic understanding of outdoor risks
  • Proper lead belaying techniques, catching falls dynamically


This Advance Sport Climbing Course is supported by La Sportiva and you will have the opportunity to test a selection of La Sportiva shoes. Each participant will get one pair of La Sportiva climbing shoes for FREE from Rockbusters. See La Sportiva DEMO.

Your improvement is the goal number one here but we are still Rockbusters, a community of highly motivated climbers for whom climbing is not just a sport, it’s what we eat, drink, breathe and sleep - it’s what we live for. Our Sport Climbing Course also gives you the opportunity to get a taste of this lifestyle and become a part of our climbing crew.

The main focus at Rockbusters is to deliver great quality and quantity of climbing. We will provide all necessary coaching and go through all safety and technical details so everyone is able to do as much climbing as possible while enjoying climbing with each other. We will push you to achieve more during your stay, arming you with all the necessary techniques and safety measures before you try anything new.

During this sport climbing course, we will open the door for you to another dimension and show you how to climb and nail your hardest routes. This week is for those who are stuck with a certain grade and no matter how hard you train the grade is still the same and desired progress is not happening. This week is about starting to believe in unbelievable, confidence-building, and finding your real potential. Be ready to step out of your comfort zone.

As well as building confidence, strength and taking on some tough climbs, this is a Rockbusters course, so you can also expect a hefty dose of fun! We love what we do and that really comes across in all of our trips and programs. And… we like to party almost as much as we like to climb, so get ready to have a blast on and off the rock. The informal, fun atmosphere of our courses is famous, but we never let this distract us from your climbing progression.


Patxi sport climbing & bouldering performance analysis

Climbing performance is defined by the combination of these three components: mental power, physical power, and technique skills. We will be discussing how big a part each component has in your climbing performance. For a performance climber, the goal is to approach mastery at all these areas in order to reach their potential. And it doesn’t matter if you are a sport climber, boulderer or you aim for hard big wall climbs.

There is no one better qualified than Patxi Usobiaga to lead this course. Patxi, an ex-world champ, and a “training monster” say that his “talent is to be able to suffer”. He is one of the world’s best climbers and has coached pros like Chris Sharma, Adam Ondra, and Daniel Woods to name just a few.

Pair up with Patxi for a week of climbing and training sessions, send some cool on-sights, flashes, or red points in his home destination of Oliana, and find out where your main limitation is and how to improve your overall climbing performance. Simply climb BETTER, HARDER and MORE!

Mental power (fear, concentration, motivation, frustration, …)

Physical power (maximum power, resistance power, stamina, explosiveness, weaknesses vs strengths, …)

Technical skills (footwork, balance, proper use of techniques as sidestep, drop knee, flagging, resting, breathing, how to grip properly - crimp, open hand, pinch, …)


Minimum of 3 participants. In other cases, we will offer different trips/courses in the same or higher value or issue a full refund.




What’s included

  • Individualized coaching
  • Climbing safety equipment & gear
  • Shared basic accommodation


  • Local transport (we are happy to organize shared rental cars within the group)
  • Flights
  • Travel & climbing insurance
  • Food & drinks (group dinner can be purchased for €15 per meal)
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Oliana, Spain


reasonalby tight climbing shoes / harness / helmet / belay device / 2 screw gate carabiners / 60cm sling

We provide most of the gear, but you will need to bring your own climbing shoes and harness. We have belay devices, slings, and helmets, but you might prefer to bring your own you use to. We strongly suggest bringing a down jacket, a hat, a rain jacket, a pair of comfortable approach shoes, a headlamp, a sleeping bag, and a backpack big enough for carrying lunch and gear to the crag. 


Upon arrival, before you get to the place of your final destination you will need to stop in the store to shop for breakfast and lunch food for the week. Usually, there is equipped kitchen with a refrigerator in the place and close-by shops to replenish supplies.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars to have dinner. Communal dinners can be organized if required.

More info will be provided after booking/inquiring!


  • Shared accommodation in local climbing hostels, cottages, campsites, or places run by local climbers
  • Private room possible if required ahead (will be charged extra)
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