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In 2011 we reduced our waste to landfill by 78%. We now have just one 240L bin a week going to landfill. That’s as much as most households, but it’s still too much for us. We’re aiming for zero waste to landfill by 2015.

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Glossary of Climbing Terms


Abseiling - Lowering oneself down a fixed rope using a belay device. (“rappelling” in American English)


Aid Climbing - Ascending a wall by using protection points to make progress (as opposed to free climbing).


Belaying - Securing a roped climber with a friction device (aka belay device).


Beta - Information


Bloc - Boulder problem


Bouldering - Climbing on short walls without ropes. There are safety mats under the walls to make the landing more comfortable. Bouldering is done both outdoors and indoors.


Carabiners - A metal loop with a sprung gate. Screwgate carabiners have locking gates. (also spelled karabiner)


Dry tooling - Like mixed climbing but without the ice.


Flash - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with prior knowledge about the route (eg seeing someone else climb it).


Free climbing - Ascending a wall by climbing (without using protection points for progress). When people talk about climbing they usually mean free climbing.


Free soloing - Free climbing without protection or a belayer. Note that free soloing is not allowed at The Castle!


Headpointing - Leading a route in one go after top rope practice. This is generally used in hard trad climbing.


Leading - Roped climbing where the rope is not already in place. The climber must pass the rope through protection points (runners) placed on the wall.


Mixed climbing - (Outdoors) climbing a route with ice axes and crampons that mixes rock and ice.


Multi-pitch climbing - Climbing a route with more than one stop at a belay station.


On-sight - Leading a route without stopping on the first attempt with no prior knowledge of the route. Generally the protection must be placed on lead for a genuine on-sight.


Quickdraws - A short sling with carabiners on either end.


Rainbow - Using all available holds to climb a route.


Redpointing - Leading a route in one go without stopping with prior practice on the route.


Route - Roped climb.


Runners - Short for ‘running belays’. These are protection points along a lead climbing wall. Climbers connect the rope to these points using Quickdraws (carabiners and sling).


Seconding - When someone climbs up the route that has been led, taking out the protection as they ascend.


Solo aiding - Advanced rope technique where a climber ascends by aid climbing without a belayer.  The climber generally fixes a rope to an anchor below them.


Solo climbing - Climbing without a belayer. See Free Soloing and Solo Aiding.


Sport climbing - A type of outdoor climbing where fixed protection points (staples, bolts) are fixed into the rock.


Spotting - A technique to help a boulderer control their fall.


Trad climbing - Short for traditional climbing.  A type of outdoor climbing where the climber places removable gear (nuts, cams, slings) on lead.


Traversing - Bouldering sideways, low to the ground.


Top-roping - Roped climbing where the rope is already in place through anchors at the top of the wall.


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What's On

Big Wall Courses

with Andy Kirkpatrick
Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May

If you’re planning a big wall adventure or interested in the techniques and systems involved in aiding and big wall climbing, this may be the course for you.

FREE Garden Events

Monday 5th April
12pm to 6pm - Castle Garden Fete
Explore the Castle’s open garden and meet local projects and practitioners who will be hosting activities for everyone. Plus cob fired pizza and drinks on sale from the Castle's roundhouse from mid-afternoon.


Garden Volunteers

Did you know that much of the garden has been built by volunteers? Want to get involved?

• Garden warm ups. Get a good warm up before you climb by ferrying wheelbarrows of material. We’ll give you tea and cake in exchange!
• Weekend workdays. Learn new skills and meet new people. We’ll provide the training, equipment and lunch.
• Garden volunteer programme. Mondays - Herbs. Thursdays - Fruit and Veg.

For more information, please take a look at our Garden page

Get in touch or pop in the centre if you are interested.




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