Working with Taylor has completely evolved my climbing.  With his help, I have identified and eliminated my weaknesses and grown the size of my skill set considerably.  My movement has drastically improved, and I have become a smart, thoughtful climber.

Arabella, Pan-American Championships Gold medalist in Speed Climbing, Silver medalist in the Combined Olympic Discipline, and Bronze medalist in Bouldering
Coach Taylor Reed

Taylor Reed is a climber with significant experience in coaching rock and competition climbing, as well as strategic analysis & consulting in the security, health, and disaster response worlds.  He has been teaching climbing since 2005 and has successfully coached athletes in both competition for the international level and real rock up to V13/14.  His primary focus is (1) understanding the physical requirements needed to execute both effective and efficient movement patterns and (2) looking at how factors can combine to create success in a climber.  His approach to coaching uses research/data, creativity, and effective analysis techniques in order to tackle each individual’s unique challenges.

Taylor is also the manager of the largest online inventory of rock-climbing research and is involved in multiple climbing-training communities on different continents.  As a result, he stays up-to-date on the latest in rock-climbing research and is constantly learning how to better bridge the science of climbing with practical application.

Consultation is based on the following principles:

  • Built around the idea that all climbers have individual needs.
  • Focused around combining the content with the process of teaching.
  • Evidence-based.
  • Creative.
Coach Taylor Reed working with climbers


  • Consulting on: strategy, advanced movement, training, long-term development
  • Elite Developmental Coaching (Limited)

Gyms and Youth Teams

  • Coach Development
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Balancing the needs of youth athletes with the priorities of the gym

“Because of training with Taylor, I’ve learned how to manage my programming and make informed decisions about training. Taylor listens to my thoughts and encourages an interactive approach when working with him. My movement has change considerably over the years and as a result, my technique has improved. His insight and coaching continues to challenge me to reach my full potential. I am grateful for his guidance.”

Charlie, U.S. National Youth Team 2017, Team Evolv Athlete


  • Consulting on: strategy, advanced movement, training, long-term development
  • Guidance and Prioritization

National Federations

  • Strategic Planning
  • Talent Identification and Development

Questions Taylor can help with:

Are you a climber who does not know why you aren’t making progress?
Do you want analysis of your climbing technique and recommendations to improve?
Are you a youth or adult athlete who is looking for a strategic approach to your development?
Are you a national federation interested in the intersection of talent development and strategic planning?

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