Meet the Coaches
Train with the Best
Will Hardie, outdoor adventure leader with 25 years’ experience on rocks and ropes – half of which with his own two amazing kids.
Beginning as a pure rock climber (bouldering and traditional rock climbing) before moving into mountaineering, ice climbing, canyoning, caving and many other outdoor sports. Will regularly takes part in expeditions and often leads groups in the mountains.
In his own words: "I’ve spent a lot of time learning rock and rope skills and training and coaching others, because I’m a nerd for this stuff and I love watching people grow by challenging themselves. Especially kids: climbing can be a perfect mix of fun, exhilaration, independence, focus and mindfulness."
Will is IRATA level 1 industrial rope technician and qualified cave rescue team member; lead technical and rescue trainer for the Middle East caving team; and a certified First Aid / Emergency First Responder. His real job is that of a professional trainer and coach.
Will is heading our youth classes. You can check out this program on our website or at reception.
Ales is a rock climber and a commercial photographer. He started climbing when he was 20 years old at an indoor wall back in Czech Republic, his native country. Soon after he moved to climbing on the real rock.
‘Strangely enough, when I started I had no idea how much climbing would bring to my life. I went to university, started traveling worldwide for climbing trips and put a lot of effort into the training. Now my climbing has become an extension of myself. Climbing enriches my life and connects me to millions of people with the same passion, spirit and determination. ‘
Since moving to Dubai, Ales has devoted a huge chunk of his time to the training in order to move faster towards his goals. He feels that training is essential tool for climbing improvement as well as to keep the body healthy and prevents it from any injuries.
Ales has climbed The Nose, El Capitan, Yosemite, USA and is bouldering level 8A climber.
Ales’ motto is “Train hard, climb harder”.
"I started rock climbing (bouldering and sport climbing) in Italy, in 2010, and have ever since been addicted to outdoor sports. I developed my climbing skills and knowledge between the Alps and the mountains in UAE and Oman.
My recent focus has been on bouldering, yet I am very passionate about climbing multi-pitch routes, big walls, ice climbing and deep water soloing.
I am also an active member of the bolting community, who is focused on setting new climbing routes in the UAE.
Since 2017 I have been a trainer at Rock Republic, mainly for beginners and intermediate climbers. My favorite part about being an instructor is transmitting the love I have for climbing and creating passion in newbies. Climbing has many benefits for mind and body: it improves determination and concentration, but also develops strength, endurance and flexibility. Climbing is not just the most amazing sport, but also a lifestyle!"
Louis Beal, originally from France is working as an oil trader outside of coaching at Rock Republic. He started rock climbing outside in the Center & South of France. He instantly fell in love with the sports. He loved the feeling of pushing his body to the max, until the failure, the fall … & the big whipper all the way down.
Recently Louis has been focusing more on bouldering. It requires a mix of coordination, strength, flexibility & explosivity which makes it exciting and appeals to Louis’ free spirit. Being free of anything. Raw. Purity is released from this discipline. His current of level of climbing is V9-V11, which is very impressive!
Louis says: ‘I see bouldering as a game. I enjoy a lot sharing this game with my friends & creating boulders to others. There is no other feeling than getting surprised by Your own body.’
Louis worked with kids and adults on group and individual basis. His strengths are dynamic moves, overhangs and original move combinations.