Judith Spancken

Professional Climbing Coaching, Instructing & Guiding


My name is Judith (Jude) Spancken. I am a qualified rock climbing instructor and coach based in France. I teach in English, German and French.

My approach to teaching climbing focuses on the process of learning and nourishing a deeper understanding of our body in motion. I believe in the importance of quality of movement in order to climb well, efficient and free of injury. This philosophy lies at the heart of my climbing coaching. 

Whether you are just starting out, looking to evolve and flourish or whether you have climbed for many years and you feel ready for a set of trained eyes to help you discover new insights to your climbing, I am looking forward to working with you.

“I spent two days with Judith as my private rock climbing guide in the South of France. Her passion for the sport is inspiring! Not only is she a phenomenal athlete and climber, but she is incredible as a teacher and guide also. She was patient and encouraging, and was easily able to identify my strengths and weaknesses. The knowledge and skill that I gained after only two days with her was astounding! I learned so much about finesse, quality of movement, energy efficiency, and confidence. Even months after, when I’m climbing, I still hear her pointers and advice in my head. Thank you Judith for making me a much safer, efficient, and motivated climber! It was a privilege to learn from you!”  Robin M.

"I worked with Jude to help me unlock my negativity whilst on-sighting/red pointing.  It might have been just for one day but the words she said to me before each route, set an intention for calmness, curiosity and fluid execution of movement. Her words still stay in my mind, months later and have helped me tremendously! I’d thoroughly recommend anyone of any ability see Jude for coaching.
The feed back I received was also extensive, considered and beneficial for my future progression as a climber" Amanda L.

"Working with Jude was a revelation, it completely changed how I think when I climb – I now use much smaller foot movements when I can, and find ways to move upwards which I wouldn’t have seen before. I’ve had a couple of other coaches before, who left me thinking ‘finger strength, finger strength’, but by getting the basics right with Jude I now know strength isn’t my limiting factor. Apart from movement on rock, we covered on-sight tactics and route reading. I loved working with Jude - her passion for climbing is infectious! Thank you" Paul W.